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Eric Lu

About this Artist

"His playing is in a rare class - one that has a vacancy since Radu Lupu’s retirement. This type of sensitivity and emotional intuition does not grow on trees, especially not when served by such a technique, with richly singing tone and delicate fleetness of finger." - BBC Music magazine

Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018, the first American to win the prestigious prize since Murray Perahia. He made his BBC Proms debut the following summer and is currently a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme. Eric is a recipient of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist.

Recent and upcoming highlights include performances with the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, and Singapore Symphony. Recitals include the 92nd Street Y, Rockport Music Festival, Cal Performances Berkeley, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Seoul Arts Centre. Eric appears regularly in recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Eric’s first studio album was released in 2020 on Warner Classics, featuring Chopin’s 24 Preludes op. 28, and Schumann’s Ghost Variations. It was met with critical acclaim, including one of BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Instrumental Records of the Year’.

Born in Massachusetts in 1997, Eric Lu first came to international attention as a prize-winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17. He previously won the 2015 US National Chopin Competition and was awarded the International German Piano Award in 2017. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Robert McDonald and Jonathan Biss. He is also a pupil of Dang Thai Son. Eric is now based in Berlin and Boston.