First Prize Winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition 2018, Eric 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 Elder, Eric 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.”