Heritage Symphony presents...
Internationally Acclaimed U.S. Chopin & Warsaw Chopin Competition Medalist, Eric Lu in Concert
- Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 3:00PM
- Adult: $30
- Senior: $25
- Youth: $25
Heritage Symphony, Kirkland’s newest 40-member professional symphony orchestra will host Eric Lu for his Seattle debut. This concert will also feature Overture to the Barber of Seville, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7 and more. Our debut concert will feature 19-year old pianist, Eric Lu. Eric Lu is rapidly building an international reputation as a young pianist with enormous promise, and a distinctive musical voice. Eric Lu won the 1st prize at the 2015 US National Chopin Competition in Miami, and recently, won the 1st prize and audience award at the 2017 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt. In October 2015, at 17 years old, Eric won the 4th prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, becoming one of the youngest laureates in the history of the prestigious competition. Heritage Symphony is proud to have Eric’s exclusive Northwest debut.
Arrive by 2:45pm for a pre concert recital performed by Gold Medalists from the Chopin Foundation (Pacific Northwest Division) winners.
Heritage Symphony of Kirkland is Northwest’s newest professional orchestra comprised of 40+ professional musicians, and led by internationally renown conductor & artistic director, Maestro Brian Davenport. The professional orchestras members are paid professional musicians from all over the Pacific Northwest. Many of the members perform in other regional orchestras, including Seattle Symphony, Federal Way Symphony and more. Heritage Symphony is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.
ERIC LU BIOGRAPHY:
A native of the Boston, Massachusetts area, 19-year old pianist Eric Lu won the 1st prize at the 2015 US National Chopin Competition in Miami, and recently, won the 1st prize and audience award at the 2017 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt. In October 2015, at 17 years old, Eric won the 4th prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, becoming one of the youngest laureates in the history of the prestigious competition. Following these recent successes, Eric received invitations to perform in many important venues around the world in just the past two years, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Alte Oper Hall in Frankfurt, Chopin and his Europe Festival in Warsaw, Jordan Hall in Boston, Taipei National Concert Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Strathmore Music Center, the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland, NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice, Krakow Philharmonic Concert Hall, Nohant Chopin Festival, and a tour of Japan and Korea following the Chopin Competition, performing in halls such as Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Metropolitan Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Sapporo Arts Center, among others. Described by the New York Classical Review as a musician of “exceptional musical sensitivity”, as well as by Michael Moran from the Duszniki Festival proclaiming, “The tone he produced was luminous, the articulation spellbinding and exciting, the legato and bel canto desperately moving.”
Eric Lu started piano studies at the age of 6 with Mrs. Dorothy Shi. While at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, he studied with Alexander Korsantia, and Mr. A. Ramon Rivera. In 2013, Eric entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he currently studies with Profs. Robert McDonald and Jonathan Biss. He is also a pupil of the pianist Dang Thai Son.
Paving the way included earlier achievements of 1st prizes at the Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists(2014), the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition(2013), and the XII Ettlingen International Competition in Germany(2010). Eric has collaborated with orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Staatskapelle Halle, National Philharmonic, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, Orchestra of the 18th century, Orquestra Clasica Santa Cecilia, New Jersey Symphony, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Rzeszow and Kielce Philharmonics, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, etc. Following his performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 during the final of the International Piano Award, the Darmstadter Echo wrote, “Lu received thundering applause after a sheer unbelievable performance of the work. Oscillating between melancholy and turmoil, he follows the expressive themes of the work with sensitivity, peeling out melodies with fascinating clarity from the virtuosic, densely-written piano part.” His debut CD was released under the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, recorded from the Chopin Competition 2015.
MAESTRO DAVENPORT BIOGRAPHY:
Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Maestro A. Brian Davenport began his interest in music at the age of four. After obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Harvard, he spent three years in Paris, France, studying music under the famous Nadia Boulanger, and conducting in Monte Carlo under the tutelage of Igor Markevitch. He has conducted orchestras in countries throughout the world, including China, Scandanavia, Germany, and Ukraine. In 1990, he conducted the Federal Way Symphony in the opening sellout performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the Goodwill Games. He also conducted the world premiere of Handel’s Messiah in Russian in the city of Kazan.
Genre Tags: Classical