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Radu Lupu

Radu Lupu was born in Romania and at the age of twelve performed in public for the first time, with a programme of his own music. From 1961 he studied in Moscow with Heinrich and Stanislav Neuhaus, and went on to win first prize in three important competitions (Van Cliburn in 1966, Enescu in 1967 and Leeds in 1969). After these he immediately received invitations from the great conductors of the day: Karajan with the Salzburg Festival, Muti with the Vienna Philharmonic, Barenboim with the Cleveland and New York Philharmonic Orchestras and Giulini with the Chicago Symphony. This world-famous performer has made numerous recordings: in 1995 he won a Grammy and an Edison award for the year’s best instrumental recording. Radu Lupu has already performed with the Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer; they scored memorable successes together at the Flamand Festival in Brussels in 1988, in March 2001 and September 2005 as part of the orchestra’s series of Budapest concerts.