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'The Leeds' champion makes a triumphant return posted 14 Dec 2018

'The Leeds' champion makes a triumphant return

First Prize Winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition 2018, Eric Lu returns to Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 12 January 2019 to make his debut in the Leeds International Orchestral Season. 

Under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Eric Lu will perform Mozart’s melodic Piano Concerto No 23, K488 alongside The Hallé. One of the UK’s top symphonic ensembles, The Hallé will also perform Shostakovich’s reflective Symphony No 8. 

Tonight’s soloist, Eric Lu won First Prize and the Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize at the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition (held in the city in September this year). He has now been invited back to perform once again with the orchestra with whom he performed in that final.

Performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in the final with The Hallé and conductor Edward Gardner, leading the Daily Telegraph to comment: “artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year old is simply astounding”. 

Eric Lu comments:
“Leeds will always have a very special place in my heart, so I am greatly looking forward to returning in January. The Mozart Piano Concerto is among that composer’s most beautiful and it will be wonderful to play it at Leeds Town Hall and to work with the Hallé again. I also look forward to working with Sir Mark Elder for the first time and am excited about starting 2019 with such an important concert.”

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council comments: 
 “We are delighted to welcome Eric Lu for his first visit back to the city after his phenomenal win at the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition. Sitting in the Town Hall for his win in September, one couldn’t fail to be moved by his artistry, it’s a delight that he will return so soon to wow audiences once again. The Leeds International Orchestral Season is the largest local authority led concert season in the whole UK, and this programme – featuring musicians admired across the globe - demonstrates our commitment to showcasing the very best international talent.”

Geoffrey Owen, Head of Artistic Planning at The Hallé comments:
“The Hallé is thrilled to be performing with Eric Lu after his well-deserved victory at this year’s Leeds International Piano Competition. Eric received overwhelming support from the orchestra who awarded him the Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize at the competition. Sir Mark and the Hallé are very much looking forward to working alongside Eric in his debut performance with the orchestra in January, in the beautiful Leeds Town Hall.”

Adam Gatehouse, Artistic Director of Leeds International Piano Competition comments:
“I am thrilled that Eric is coming back to Leeds so soon after his triumphant and much-deserved win at the Leeds International Piano Competition, and partnering once again with the Halle. Since winning the competition, his career is really taking off in a spectacular way, with the release of his debut CD on Warner Classics, appearances in the diary for 2019 at LSO St. Luke’s and Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and a tour of Europe and S Korea. We will also be welcoming him back to Leeds in March for a solo recital at The Venue of Leeds College of Music”.

Tickets for Eric Lu with The Hallé are priced £14.31 - £38.16 (concessions available) and can be booked via Leeds City Centre Box Office on 0113 376 0318 or book online. Half price tickets are available for students, under 18s and jobseekers. Those under 26 can purchase tickets for just £5 in the seven days before the concert.

Book for Eric Lu with The Hallé at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 12 January.