Pianist Radu Lupu is considered to be one of the leading musicians of his generation. His interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert in particular are widely acclaimed.
Born in Romania, Lupu started playing the piano at the age of six, making his public debut at the age of twelve performing his own compositions. He completed his piano studies at the Moscow Conservatory in 1969.
After winning the prestigious Van Cliburn and Leeds competitions in 1966 and 1969 respectively, Lupu went on to perform as a soloist and recitalist in the world’s musical capitals and at major festivals in Europe, the US and Japan – including many concert appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (with which he first performed under the direction of Herbert von Karajan in 1978) and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as numerous performances at the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals.
The legendary pianist has been awarded numerous distinctions for his accomplishments, including two prestigious Abbiati Prizes, awarded by the Italian Critics’ Association.
Lupu first appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1975. He has since made many guest appearances with the RCO – most recently in December 2012, when he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 under the baton of Iván Fischer.