Celebrity Concert: Eric Lu, piano

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8pm, doors open 7.30pm

Saturday, 4 February 2023

Programme

Mozart: Piano Sonata No 8 in A minor, K310
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C major, D840
Schubert: Piano Sonata in E major, D157
Chopin: Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58

American classical pianist Eric Lu came to attention when he won the first prize and gold medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018, aged 20. Since then he has enjoyed a successful career as an international concert pianist with a growing list of prestigious orchestras and solo engagements. He has performed debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2021, and the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Oslo Philharmonic in spring 2022.

Eric was awarded a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, joining a prestigious list of recipients.

In 2019, Eric appeared at the BBC Proms, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu, in the final concert of the ensemble’s 140th anniversary world tour. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and shown on BBC FOUR.

In September 2019, Eric joined BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists scheme.

Eric signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics, who released a recital of Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Schumann’s ‘Ghost’ Variations and Brahms’ Intermezzo No. 1 as his second album. Previously they released a recording of his performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, recorded live at The Leeds with the Hallé and Edward Gardner. Patrick Lemanski, Director of Classics at Warner Music, said, “The way he played Beethoven’s 4th Concerto was so evidently moving that I knew his performance was not just about technique and virtuosity: I was in the presence of a new magician of the keyboard…”

Eric performed the Chopin Preludes for us in December 2019 and we eagerly await his return visit in 2022.

How to get tickets

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Concert ticket: £25

Members, children and students up to age 25 (on presentation of a valid student card): FREE

Tickets can be booked online via WeGotTickets (subject to 10% admin fee), or via the Membership Secretary.

NHS staff: £5 (on presentation of ID at the door or booked through the Membership Secretary)

If you would like to sponsor a concert or performer, please contact our Chairman, Suzanne Connor (see Contact Us page)

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'...A veritable poet of the keyboard.' The Guardian

'His prize-winning performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, released on Warner Classics, is simply astounding, and betrays a depth and maturity far beyond his age.' The Vancouver Chopin Society