The Chopin Foundation of the United States and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
present Top American Prize Winners of the 2015 International Chopin Competition,
Kate Liu and Eric Lu
Miami, Feb 8, 2018 – On March 3 and 4, 2018, the Chopin for All Free Concert Series proudly presents Kate Liu, the Bronze Medalist of the 2015 International Chopin Competition held in Warsaw. For this special event, Kate will be joined by Eric Lu, the first prize winner of the 2015 National Chopin Competition who also won the fourth prize at the 2015 Warsaw competition.
When & Where:
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM, Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave, Ft. Lauderdale
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM, Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive, Coral Gables
What: A Piano recital by Kate Liu performing a selection of music by Chopin, and Eric Lu playing sonatas by Beethoven and Chopin.
FREE ADMISSION – No Tickets Required
More at www.chopin.org
Pianist Kate Liu recently gained international acclaim after winning the Bronze Medal and Best Mazurka Prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music with Professor Robert McDonald, and her previous private studies were at the Music Institute of Chicago with Alan Chow, Micah Yui and Emilio del Rosario.
Kate has given recitals in many halls and venues, such as the Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Osaka Symphony Hall, Warsaw Filharmonia Narodowa, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, Arts Canisius College, Subculture Arts Underground, Phillip’s Collection, Salmagundi Club, Ossining Library, Bohemian Club, and Temple E-manuel. In 2009 she went on a tour with the Music Institute of Chicago to the East coast, where she performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Other than solo recitals, Kate has collaborated with several orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra.
20-year old pianist Eric Lu is rapidly building an international reputation as a young pianist with enormous promise, and a distinctive musical voice. Eric Lu is the 1st prize winner of the 2017 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt, where he also captured the audience award almost unanimously.
He was first brought to the world’s attention when he was a prizewinner at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw at the age of 17, becoming one of the youngest laureates in the history of the prestigious competition. He was previously awarded that same year the 1st prize at the 9th US National Chopin Competition in Miami, where he also received the prize for best performance of a concerto.
He is described by the New York Classical Review as a musician of “exceptional musical sensitivity”, as well as by Michael Moran from the Duszniki Chopin Festival proclaiming, “The tone he produced was luminous, the articulation spellbinding and exciting, the legato and bel canto desperately moving.” Following his performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Staatskapelle Halle during the final of the International German 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.”