Benedetto Lupo

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas - Perimeter Institute

Italian pianist, Benedetto Lupo has been described by critics as an "exceptionally fine pianist ... who has a remarkably fine touch" (The Oregonian). He has gained worldwide recognition for his "keen musical intelligence and probing intellect" (Miami Herald).

Benedetto Lupo doesn't merely play the piano with immense clarity and articulation, he makes it sing.


ROBERT SCHUMANN Blumenstück in D-flat Major op.19
  Three Romances Op.28
  Sonata in g minor no.2 op.22 
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Grand Sonata in G Major op. 37


Praised for his "keen musical intelligence and probing intellect" (Miami Herald), and for combining "meticulous technique with romantic sensitivity" (Birmingham News), Benedetto Lupo has gained worldwide recognition.

His 2013-14 season includes North American appearances with the Domaine Forget International Festival, St. Louis Symphony, Columbus (OH) Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic; recital performances in Vancouver BC, Bellingham WA and Cincinnati OH; international appearances with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra Sinfonica Bari, Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de Louire, and Malaysian Philharmonic.

After winning the bronze medal in the 1989 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Benedetto made acclaimed debuts with several major American orchestras, as well as chamber appearances with the Tokyo String Quartet. His New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall followed in 1992, the same year he won the Terence Judd International Award, which in turn led to his debut at London's Wigmore Hall. Benedetto Lupo’s recent North American performances include his Tanglewood Festival debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18, K. 456; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595 with the Loas Angeles Philharmonic; Bartók’s Concerto No. 1 with the Baltimore Symphony; Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Huntsville Symphony; Chopin’s E-minor Concerto with I Musici de Montréal; his Mostly Mozart Festival and subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony; as well as appearances with the symphony orchestras of Calgary, Colorado, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Montreal, Oregon, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis, Utah, Vancouver, and Virginia.

In Europe, he has appeared in his native Italy with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Santa Cecilia Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, the National RAI Orchestra (Torino), and the festivals of Brescia and Bergamo. He has also celebrated Liszt’s 200th birthday by performing the composer’s Concerto No. 1 and Totentanz with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig; performed Nino Rota’s Concerto Soirée with the Spanish National Orchestra (Madrid) to mark the composer’s 100th birthday; and performed with the London Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Limburg (Netherlands), Odense (Denmark) and with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra (Spain), Hallé, Bergen (Norway), Rotterdam, and Liege.

Mr. Lupo's recordings include an acclaimed version of Nino Rota's Concerto Soirée with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana on the Nuova Era label, and a new recording of the same work on Harmonia Mundi for which he received the prestigious Diapason d’Or award. With Peter Maag and the RSI Symphony Orchestra he has recorded Schumann's complete works for piano and orchestra, including the first CD recording of the piano version of Konzertstück, Op. 86, for the Arts label.

Benedetto Lupo teaches at the Nino Rota Conservatory in Italy, gives master classes around the world, and has served on the jury of both the Cleveland International Competition and the Gina Bachauer Competition in Salt Lake City, from which he previously won second and third prize, respectively. He is featured on the Emmy-award winning documentary Here to Make Music: The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the seven-part series Encore! The Final Round of Performances of the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, both for PBS.