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†††††††††† RADU LUPU - PIANIST

Autographed 4Ē x 6Ē color Decca heavyweight printed photo card of the late pianist posed with a Steinway piano.

 

Lupu (1945 - 2022) began his piano journey at the age of six, making his recital debut at twelve.† His first important teacher Florica Muzicescu also taught Dinu Lipatti and Mindru Katz where he studied at the Bucharest Conservatory with her from 1959 to 1961.† In 1961, he was awarded a government scholarship to study at the Moscow Conservatory with Galina Egiazarova and realized she was not going to teach him enough and enrolled in Heinrich Neuhausís class.† When Neuhaus passed away in 1964, Lupu finished his Moscow studies with his son, Stanislav who took over his fatherís studio.† He graduated from the Conservatory in 1969.† He also took classes with Maria Curcio, a Schnabel pupil who became his musical muse.

 

Lupu during his studies in Moscow participated and won three important competitions, the 2nd Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1966, The Georges Enescu International Piano Competition in 1967 and the Leedís International Piano Competition in 1969.†

 

Lupuís career was among the best of the 1970ís through 2019 when he formally retired. Illness has forced a number of cancellations during this last few years.† As an artist he will be remembered best for his inciteful and scholarly performances of the works of Beethoven and Schubert, though he also performed solo works and concertos by, Bach, Bartok, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Enescu, Grieg, Haydn, Janacek, Mozart, Schumann .† He chose to sit on a backed chair as opposed to a piano bench which always gave him an unorthodox look in concert.† However, the beauty of his performances and his fleet fingers brought in standing room audiences nearly every time her performed.† For several years he shared the stage with Daniel Barenboim as duet pianists and often when performing with Barenboim as conductor, the two would play an encore together.

 

Lupu made around 20 recordings, most of works by Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert. Interestingly he preferred to record in studios and refused to perform if a concert were to be aired live, or recorded in any fashion.