“Leeds winner Eric Lu showed an astonishing command of keyboard tone and color.. the
sign he is already a true artist. It was a spellbinding experience.” - The Guardian
“Lu’s playing is in a rare class - sensitive and emotionally intuitive.” - BBC Music Magazine
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 at the Royal Albert Hall, and is currently a member
of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme. Eric is an exclusive Warner Classics recording
Highlights of the 2020-21 season include debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra
(Marin Alsop), Seattle Symphony (Thomas Dausgaard), Oslo Philharmonic (Constantinos
Carydis), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (Thomas Dausgaard) and Detroit Symphony (Eduardo
Strausser). He will also give recitals at the Elbphilharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall
(International Piano Series), Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, NY’s 92nd St Y,
and NCPA in Beijing.
In recent seasons, Eric has appeared in recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, BOZAR
Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Wigmore Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Fondation
Louis Vuitton Paris, Seoul Arts Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Grand Theatre Shanghai,
and Sala São Paulo. He has collaborated with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Vasily
Petrenko), The Hallé (Sir Mark Elder and Tomáš Hanus), Shanghai Symphony (Long Yu),
Warsaw Philharmonic (Niklas Willén), Singapore Symphony (Darío Ntaca), and Swedish
Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard and Martin Frӧst). He also went on tour with the
Orchestre National de Lille (Alexander Bloch). In 2019, Eric replaced Martha Argerich
in Singapore, and Nelson Freire in São Paulo.
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 BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Instrumental Record of the Month’. 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
prize-winner 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. 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.