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Eric Lu

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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 with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in 2021. Eric is a recipient of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist.

Eric has already performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille (on tour), Warsaw Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, and Singapore Symphony amongst others. He has worked with conductors Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Vasily Petrenko, Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Thomas Dausgaard, Ryan Bancroft, Martin Frӧst, Alexander Bloch, and Long Yu.

He has appeared in recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, BOZAR Brussels, return visits to Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Seoul Arts Centre, Grand Theatre Shanghai, Sala São Paulo, and return visits to the Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw.

Forthcoming concerto highlights include debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona. He will also give recitals at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Philharmonie, 92nd St Y New York, return to Wigmore Hall, Cal Performances Berkeley, and return to the Elbphilharmonie.

In 2020, Warner Classics released Eric’s first studio album, featuring the Chopin 24 Preludes, and Schumann’s Geistervariationen. It was met with critical acclaim, including one of BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Instrumental Records of the Year’. In 2018, Eric’s winning performances of Beethoven and Chopin from The Leeds with The Hallé and Edward Gardner was released by Warner. He has also released a Mozart, Schubert and Brahms recital on Genuin Classics.

Born in Massachusetts in 1997, Eric Lu first came to international attention as a Laureate 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. Eric is a BBC New Generational Artist from 2019-22. 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. He is now based in Berlin and Boston.

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