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Romanian-Born Pianist, UK

Radu Lupu
Romanian-Born Pianist

Born: November 30, 1945, Galati, Romania. Son of Meyer Lupu and Ana Gabor


  • 1951 - began studying the piano at the age of six with Lia Busuioceanu, making his public debut with a complete programme of his own music at the age of 12
  • continued his studies for several years with Florica Muzicescu and Cella Delavrancea
  • High School in Galati
  • 1961 - wins a scholarship to the Moscow Conservatoire
  • 1963-1969 - Moscow Conservatoire, where he studied with Galina Eghyazarova, Heinrich Neuhaus and later with Stanislav Neuhaus

Musical Performance

  • A leading interpreter of the German classical compositions
  • Regularly invited to play with all the great orchestras of the world including:
    •  the Berlin Philharmonic, with whom he made his Salzburg Festival debut in 1978 with Karajan
    • the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he opened the 1986 Salzburg Festival with Muti
    • the Royal Concertgebouw
    • all the major London orchestras
    • all the great American orchestras. His first major America appearances were in 1972 with the Cleveland Orchestra and Barenboim in New York, and with the Chicago Symphony and Giulini
    • toured Eastern Europe with London Symphony Orchestra
    • world premiere of Tchaikowsky Piano Concert in London, 1975
  • Played at all the major music festivals and has been a regular guest at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals

Recordings (selection)

  • Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta
  • Complete Mozart Violin and Piano Sonatas with Szymon Goldberg
  • Several Mozart Concertos
  • Brahms Piano concerto nr.1 (with Edo de Waart and London Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Mozart Piano Concerto K467 (with Uri Segal and English Chamber Orchestra)
  • Mozart and Beethoven Wind Quintets in E flat
  • Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos and Concerto for Three Pianos (transcribed for Two Pianos), with Murray Perahia and English Chamber Orchestra)
  • Schubert Fantasia in F minor and Mozart Sonata in D for Two Pianos (with Murray Perahia)
  • Grieg and Schumann
  • Solo works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Schubert (Decca)
  • Two records with Murray Perahia (CBS)
  • Two albums of Schubert Lieder with Barbara Hendricks (EMI)
  • Most recent releases: 
    • Schubert's Sonatas in A major D664 and B flat major D960 (for Decca)
    • Schumann's Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana and Humoresque
    • A disc of pieces for four hands by Schubert, with Daniel Barenboim for Teldec

Prizes and Awards

  • First prize in the 1966 Van Cliburn Competition
  • First prize in the 1967 Enescu International Festival
  • First prize in the 1969 Leeds International Festival
  • 1989 - awarded the prestigious "Abbiati" prize, given by the Italian Critics' Association
  • 1995 - GRAMMY Prize as the "Best Instrumental Record of the Year" for Schubert's Sonatas in A major D664 and B flat major D960 (for Decca)
  • 1995 - Edison Award as the "Best Instrumental Record of the Year" for Schumann's Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana and Humoresque (for Decca)


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