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Eric Lu wins Leeds


16.9.2018: GENUIN congratulates the pianist Eric Lu who won this year's Leeds International Piano Competition. Well done!

Eric Lu was the youngest finalist this year. The 20-year-old from Boston played Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto and won the first prize for his self-assured and spirited interpretation.

"Beethoven No. 4 is my favorite of the five Beethoven concertos. It is really a wonderful work in every respect, so lyrical and beautiful. I love this piece," said Lu.

Paul Lewis, chairman of the jury and co-director, announced the names of the winners. The world-famous pianist Lang Lang handed out the prizes. Preliminary rounds on three continents preceded this year's final. The competition, unofficially known as The Leeds, is regarded as a 'career catapult' for pianists.

Eric Lu has already won major prizes before: The world first became aware of the pianist when he was awarded the fourth prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2015. This made him one of the youngest winners in the history of this prestigious award.

In the same year, he was also awarded first prize at the 9th National Chopin Competition in Miami. He continued this success and in 2017 was the Laureate of the 7th International German Piano Award in Frankfurt and also received the Audience Award to the great acclaim of the public.

His CD Late Works by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms was released in spring by GENUIN classics.

Photo: Anna Meuer

To the CD "Late Works by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms"