Eric Lu Excitement

Earlier this week I wrote about the criteria for writing up a press release. See here for a recap. Note: I’ve added additional criteria since the publication of that post.

Consequently it is incumbent on me to blog about very exciting news. Leeds Piano Competition winner Eric Lu who blew me away with his semi-final performance you may recall (see below if you don’t), is performing at LSO St Lukes in The London on 4th April.

And, in the interests of emphasising that I do consider the world outside of London, he’s also performing at The Venue, Leeds College of Music on 30th March. Both concerts are at 7.30pm.

I’m advised that the programme is:

Mozart – Rondo in A minor, K.511
Brahms – 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118 
Chopin – Ballade No.4, Op.52 
Handel – Chaconne in G major, HWV 435
Chopin – Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 

I don’t normally get excited about artists; I’m usually more driven by programmes. But the prospect of hearing Lu again is the exception.

It’s a test. Did I imagine what I heard that night in Leeds? Did I just let emotion run away with me? Was I in fact drunk?

As it happens, I wasn’t drunk that night at the Piano Competition, nor at the competition final a few days later. But there’s still a level of interest around whether Lu’s playing can transport me in the way it did in September last year. There’s also the question of what impact the competition had on his playing. Will I detect something different given that the competition is no longer present in the mind of artist or audience? Or will there be greater pressure on the part of the artist to prove their win?

Questions, questions, questions.

Oh. And I should add. There are other concerts that form part of the Leeds Piano Festival 2019 – Steven Osborne in a programme of Beethoven on 3rd (Leeds) and 5th (London), Barry Douglas playing Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Rachmaninov on 5th (Leeds) and 6th (London). And on 1, 2, and 4th April
Aliya Alsafa, Jasper Heymann and Shuheng Zhang (the Young Scholars in the Lang Land International Music Foundation) also make their Leeds Piano Festival appearance.

Much. Excitement.

Ticket information via leedspiano.com.

Listen to the Leeds International Piano Competition Thoroughly Good Podcast on Audioboom or via Spotify.

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