Alfred Brendel and Eric Lu team up for remarkable performance in Germany

13 May 2022
By Ellie Palmer
The pair are set to perform together in Munich on 14 May

Austrian piano legend Alfred Brendel and former Leeds International Piano Competition winner Eric Lu will perform together in Munich on 14 May.

Brendel, who is also a poet, will read from his poetry writings, specifically "The Lady from Arezzo", whilst Lu plays a selection of works by Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Haydn and Chopin.

91-year-old Brendel had announced his retirement from the concert platform back in 2008 after enjoying a career that spanned decades, and most notably took off in the 60s when he became the first pianist ever to record the entire piano works of Beethoven. The recordings were praised by many critics, with one commenting it was "some of the finest Beethoven ever recorded."

American pianist Eric Lu won the Leeds Piano Competition back in 2018, and subsequently starred on the cover of Pianist 106 where he gave a fascinating interview about the competition process.

The concert is part of the Munich Künstlerhaus's Stars and Rising Stars series, which pairs young top artists together with stars on stage.

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Tickets and more information can be found here.