August 13, at 20:00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Estonian Festival Orchestra
Radu Lupu (piano), Paavo Järvi
Programme: Shostakovich, Beethoven
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Radu Lupu is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation and is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schumann, and Schubert. Since winning the prestigious Van Cliburn (1966) and Leeds Piano Competitions (1969), Mr. Lupu has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in the musical capitals and major festivals of Europe and the United States. He has appeared many times with the Berlin Philharmonic since his debut with that orchestra at the 1978 Salzburg Festival under Herbert von Karajan, and with the Vienna Philharmonic, including the opening concert of the 1986 Salzburg Festival under Riccardo Muti. He is also a frequent visitor to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and all the major London and American orchestras. He has played at most of the notable music festivals and has been a regular guest at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals.
His first major American appearances were in 1972 with the Cleveland Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in New York and with the Chicago Symphony led by Carlo Maria Giulini. Concerts with the New York Philharmonic soon followed and Mr. Lupu has since appeared with all of the foremost American Orchestras.
Mr. Lupu has made more that 20 recordings for London/Decca, including the complete Beethoven concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the complete Mozart violin and piano sonatas with Szymon Goldberg, Grieg and Schumann Concertos, Debussy and Frank Violin and Piano Sonatas with Kyung Wha Chung, and numerous solo recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert. In 1995 he won two awards in the category "Best Instrumental Record of the Year": a Grammy for Schubert's Sonatas in A major D 664 and B Flat Major D 960, and an Edison Award for Schumann's Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and Humoresque. He has also made two records with Murray Perahia (CBS), two albums of Schubert Lieder with soprano Barbara Hendricks (EMI), and a disc of pieces for four hands by Schubert with Daniel Barenboim (Teldec).Born in Romania, Mr. Lupu began studying the piano at the age of 6 with Lia Busuioceanu. He made his public debut with a complete program of his own music at l2, continuing his studies for several years with Florica Muzicescu and Cella Delavrancea. In l96l he won a scholarship to the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Galina Eghyazarova, Heinrich Neuhaus and his son, Stanislav Neuhaus. During his seven years at the Moscow Conservatory he won first prize in the l967 Enescu International Competition in addition to the Van Cliburn and Leeds International competitions. In 1989 and again in 2006, he was awarded the prestigious “Abbiati” prize given by the Italian Critics’ Association. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Premio Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award.