Bruce Liu announces debut studio album

24 August 2023
By Ellie Palmer
'Waves' will be released on 3 November 2023 via Deutsche Grammophon

Main image: ©Christoph Koestlin

The 2021 International Chopin Piano Competition Gold Medallist Bruce Liu has announced his debut studio album.

Liu has become somewhat of a superstar in the months since his Chopin Competition victory, having already toured the world extensively and amassing over 25 million streams across all streaming platforms.

'Waves' features repertoire spanning two centuries of French keyboard music and includes two works new to the DG catalogue. The album features Rameau, Ravel and Alkan, all of whom played a part in the evolution of keyboard music between the 18th and early 20th centuries.


'Waves' will be released on 3 November 2023 via Deutsche Grammophon

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The Chinese-Canadian pianists plays excerpts from the Pièces de clavecin and Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin by Rameau, including programmatic works such as La poule and Les sauvages, as well as dance movements.

Alkan's exuberant Le festin d’Ésope and the peaceful Barcarolle are included on the album and are in fact new additions to DG’s catalogue.

From the 20th century, Liu has chosen Miroirs by Ravel. Several of the suite’s five movements reflect the nature theme that runs through this album, whose title picks up both on this – notably Alkan’s Barcarolle and Ravel’s 'Une barque sur l’océan' – and on Liu’s spontaneous style: “The sea is always changing,” he notes. “And my approach to the music I play is never fixed.”

Three singles with performance videos will be released in advance of the album, the first of which is already out and can be enjoyed below. 'Une barque sur l’océan' from Ravel’s Miroirs will be released on 22 September, while the Menuets from Rameau’s Suite in G major will be available on 22 October.