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Eric Lu wins the 2018 Leeds Piano Competition

Just to say how overjoyed I am that Eric Lu has won the 2018 Leeds Piano Competition. Those of you who read this will know of course that he first came to my attention in Duszniki Zdroj in August 2015. This is what I wrote about his appearance in the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and at Duszniki:

Reflections on Stage II       9-12 October 2015

Eric Lu (United States)

Here at last we have a pianist who fulfills all the criteria I have outlined above - at last, at last - a true poet of the piano who managed to create an atmosphere of intense intimacy on a Steinway in this vast hall. 

As George Sand once said  of Chopin 'He lives in a different world to the rest of us.' Here we moved to a different level of musicianship altogether and far, far closer to the authentic intentions of Chopin at least as I conceive them from my own studies over almost a lifetime.

The Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No: 4 contained the most intense nostalgia for a lost Poland in the heart …

1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments. Warsaw 2–14 September 2018

1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments  Warsaw  2–14 September 2018

I will be covering this competition on my website on this link: