Romanian Pianist Radu Lupu has Died, Age 76

(Photograph courtesy: Decca Classics)


Born in Galati, Romania, in 1945, Radu Lupu started piano classes at age 6 with Lia Busuioceanu and gave his first public live performance at age 12. He continued his research with Florica Muzicescu and Cella Delavrancea, previous to successful a scholarship in 1961 to the Moscow Conservatoire — the place he studied with Galina Eghyazarova, Heinrich Neuhaus, and Stanislav Neuhaus.

He went on to win the Van Cliburn Worldwide Piano Competitors in 1966, the George Enescu Worldwide Piano Competitors in 1967, and the Leeds Worldwide Pianoforte Competitors in 1969.

He made his Carnegie Corridor and New York debut in 1967 after the Van Cliburn win, and started recording for Decca Classics in 1970.

For over twenty years, he made 20 recordings for Decca — that includes repertoire such because the Beethoven Piano Concertos, Brahms Concerto No 1, Grieg and Schumann Concertos, and the solo works of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert.

He received a Grammy for Schubert’s Sonatas in A serious D664 and B flat main D960, and an Edison Award for Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and Humoresque.

Lupu collaborated with violinist Szymon Goldberg on the whole Mozart Violin and Piano Sonatas, and with Kyung Wha Chung on the Debussy and Franck Violin and Piano Sonatas. He has not recorded in a studio for the reason that mid-Nineteen Nineties.

He carried out with lots of the world’s famend orchestras, together with the foremost London orchestras, many of the American orchestras, plus the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw. In 1972 in the USA, he carried out with the Cleveland Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, and the Chicago Symphony and Carlo Maria Giulini. Lupu was additionally an everyday visitor on the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals.

In 2019, Lupu formally retired from public performances, after having to cancel many engagements as a consequence of medical circumstances.

Amongst others, Lupu was given two awards: the Premio Internazionale Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and the Abbiati prize.

“Devastated to listen to that Radu Lupu has left us,” cellist Steven Isserlis mentioned. “Not solely one of many best, warmest, most profound musicians I’ve ever heard, but additionally a deeply sort, compassionate, modest and humorous man – and an exquisite pal. He was able to go, true; however he’ll nonetheless be desperately missed.”

Pianist Seong-Jin Cho wrote that he was “devastated on the lack of one of many best musicians right this moment. Thanks on your steering and friendship through the years.”


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