Chopin Foundation of the United States Presents
The First Prize Winner of the 2015 National Chopin Piano Competition
In his debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 8 pm
Miami, FL, – The Chopin Foundation of the United States proudly presents seventeen-year old Eric Lu, the First Prize Winner of the 2015 National Chopin Piano Competition that was held in Miami in February.
The National Chopin Piano Competition, held every five years since 1975, is open exclusively to American pianists between 17 and 30 years of age who perform at a professional level. In addition to awarding Eric Lu the $75,000 top cash prize, the Chopin Foundation has arranged an international concert tour for the pianist. The concert at Weill Recital Hall is part of this tour which currently includes over a dozen dates in the US and Europe.
The National Chopin Competition closely follows the rigorous requirements of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland and consequently, the two top winners of the National Competition are also automatically accepted to compete in Warsaw.
Mr. Lu’s program will include a Schubert Impromptu, Bach’s French Overture and Chopin’s 24 Preludes.
Tickets $28 – $38;
Available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office
(student & senior discounts available at the Box Office)
By phone at (212) 247-7800; Or online at www.carnegiehall.org
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall – 154 West 57th Street, New York
For more information call the Chopin Foundation
at (305) 868-0624 or visit www.chopin.org
Eric Lu, born in 1997, has already established himself as one of the finest pianists of the younger generation. In 2013, at the age of 15, he was admitted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he is currently enrolled. Eric has received top prizes at a number
of major international competitions. Most recently, he was awarded the first prize and concerto prize at the 9th National Chopin Competition in Miami.
In August of 2014, he received the 1st prize at the 9th Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. In 2013, Eric triumphed at the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition, receiving the 1st Prize, along with the special Schubert Prize. The competition concluded with a final round performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. Moreover, in 2010, Eric won the 1st Prize of the prestigious 12th Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany, where he was praised for a musical understand far beyond his years. Other awards include the special prize chosen by the public at the 2011 Junior Academy Eppan in Italy.
Eric has performed in venues across the world. In Germany, he has performed in the Asamsaal Castle, as well as the Stadthalle Ettlingen.
In Italy, he has performed at the Raiffeisen Forum Lanserhaus. Most recently, he performed in several locations in China. In the summer of 2012, Eric won the concerto competition at the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts’ summer festival at Walnut Hill. He performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Longwood Symphony at Boston’s John Hancock Hall. Other venues include performances at Boston’s Jordan Hall, Philadelphia’s Field Concert Hall,
Minneapolis’s Ted Mann Concert Hall, Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, among others. Eric has collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chopin Foundation Orchestra, The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Wellesley Symphony, the Longwood Symphony, and the Boston Civic Symphony.
Eric Lu started studying the piano at the age of 6 with Mrs. Dorothy Shi. While at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, he studied piano with Alexander Korsantia, and Mr. A. Ramon Rivera. Eric currently studies at Curtis with Jonathan Biss and Robert McDonald, and he is also a student of the renowned pianist Dang Thai Son.