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Eric Lu

Leeds International Piano Competition champion makes a triumphant return to the city

First Prize Winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition 2018Eric Lu, returns to Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 12 January 2019 to make his debut in the Leeds International Orchestral Season.  

Under the baton of Sir Mark ElderEric Lu will perform Mozart’s melodic Piano Concerto No 23, K488 alongside The Hallé. One of the UK’s top symphonic ensembles, The Hallé will also perform Shostakovich’s reflective Symphony No 8.  

Lu won First Prize and the Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize at the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition (held in the city in September this year). He has now been invited back to perform once again with the orchestra with whom he performed in that final. 

Performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in the final with The Hallé and conductor Edward Gardner, the Daily Telegraph commented: “artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year old is simply astounding”.  

Eric Lu comments: “Leeds will always have a very special place in my heart, so I am greatly looking forward to returning in January. The Mozart Piano Concerto is among that composer’s most beautiful and it will be wonderful to play it at Leeds Town Hall and to work with the Hallé again. I also look forward to working with Sir Mark Elder for the first time and am excited about starting 2019 with such an important concert.” 

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council comments: “We are delighted to welcome Eric Lu for his first visit back to the city after his phenomenal win at the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition. Sitting in the Town Hall for his win in September, one couldn’t fail to be moved by his artistry at the keyboard, it’s a delight that he will return so soon to wow audiences once again. The Leeds International Orchestral Season is the largest local authority led concert season in the whole UK, and this programme – featuring musicians admired across the globe – demonstrates our commitment to showcasing the very best international talent.” 

Geoffrey Owen, Head of Artistic Planning at The Hallé comments: “The Hallé is thrilled to be performing with Eric Lu after his well-deserved victory at this year’s Leeds International Piano Competition. Eric received overwhelming support from the orchestra who awarded him the Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize at the competition. Sir Mark and the Hallé are very much looking forward to working alongside Eric in his debut performance with the orchestra in January, in the beautiful Leeds Town Hall.” 

Adam Gatehouse, Artistic Director of Leeds International Piano Competition comments: “I am thrilled that Eric is coming back to Leeds so soon after his triumphant and much-deserved win at the Leeds International Piano Competition, and partnering once again with the Halle. Since winning the competition, his career is really taking off in a spectacular way, with the release of his debut CD on Warner Classics, appearances in the diary for 2019 at LSO St. Luke’s and Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and a tour of Europe and S Korea. We will also be welcoming him back to Leeds in March for a solo recital at The Venue of Leeds College of Music.” 

About Eric Lu 

Born in Massachusetts in 1997, at just 20-years old Eric Lu won the prestigious First Prize and the Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize in the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition. Even at a young age, Lu has already worked with acclaimed orchestras across the globe including the Minnesota Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. He has performed in iconic concert venues such as Carnegie Hall (US), Alte Oper Frankfurt (Germany), Taipei National Concert Hall (China), Tokyo Metropolitan Hall (Japan), Auditorio Nacional Madrid (Spain) and Seoul Arts Center (South Korea). This month he releases his first recording for Warner Classics, featuring his Beethoven and Chopin from the Leeds International Piano Competition. 

Saturday 12 January 2019, 7.30pm

Leeds Town Hall 

The Hallé 
Sir Mark Elder conductor 
Eric Lu piano, Leeds International Piano Competition Winner 2018 
Mozart Piano Concerto No 23, K488  
Shostakovich Symphony No 8  

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