03 September 2019
By Ellie Palmer
The 21-year-old appeared on the cover of Issue 106 of Pianist.
2018 Leeds International Piano Competition winner Eric Lu has signed a new contract with Classical label giants Warner Classics.
This will be his second release on the label following on from his debut performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, recorded live at The Leeds with the Hallé and Edward Gardner.
Under his newly signed contract, Lu will be releasing recordings of Chopin's 24 Preludes, Schumann's 'Ghost' Variations and Brahms' Intermezzo No 1.
“It’s a great honour to record for Warner Classics – a label with a back catalogue of legendary recordings, many of which were part of my own musical upbringing,” says Eric. “The Warner team were incredibly supportive following the Leeds Competition, and I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter in our relationship with repertoire that’s close to my heart”.
Following his win, Lu appeared on the cover of Issue 106 of Pianist, in which he spoke candidly about his experience during the competition, his love of Chopin, and why he thinks Schubert is the greatest. Download your copy here.
Lu's career took off after his 2018 win at The Leeds International Piano Competition. He stormed to victory with a rousing rendition of Beethoven's Concerto No 4 in G major Op 58 alongside the Halle Orchestra, winning £25,000, worldwide management with Askonas Holt and a range of performance and recording opportunities with BBC Radio 3.
The 2019/20 season looks very exciting for Lu. He will have debuts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and St Petersburg Philharmonic, a UK tour with the Orchestre National de Lille, and recitals at the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Wigmore Hall (London), BOZAR (Brussels), Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Gewandhaus Leipzig.
Re-live his winning performance at The Leeds International Piano Competition below.