Saturday, April 17, 2021, 8:00 pm
at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Brannon Cho,cellist Eric Lu, pianist
appears courtesy of Warner Classics

Avery Fisher Career Grant 2021 Recipient




Robert Schumann :
Adagio and Allegro in A-flat Major, Op. 70

Ludwig van Beethoven :
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
Allegro ma non tanto
Scherzo. Allegro molto
Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace

~ Intermission ~

Sergei Rachmaninoff :
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 19
Lento – Allegro moderato
Allegro scherzando
Allegro mosso

Free admission, donation appreciated.
Face mask and social distancing mandated.
Children under 6 not admitted.

Reservation required

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Quote from Nicolas Sterner of The Boston Musical Intelligencer, in a title “Rendering Warhorses With Apollonian Clarity”

“ Enjoying our first in-person concert in a year, we joined 60 socially distanced people on Saturday night at the Gardner Museum. NEC Artist Diploma laureate, cellist Brannon Cho, and Leeds International Piano Competition gold medalist Eric Lu, brought out warhorses: Schumann, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff. These two artists performed their “set” with a technical mastery and perfunctory polish emblematic of the up-and-coming generation of young soloists and recitalists. ... Since the cello parts are mostly written subordinate to the dazzling keyboard passagework crafted by the pianist-composers. Even more challenging, the cellist must compete with a massive Steinway Model D. Cho and Lu surmounted these difficulties with moderate ease, aligning in exemplary ensemble clarity within a somewhat narrow expressive range. “

photos: Chi Wei Lo and Xiaopei Xu

Eric Lu appears courtesy Warner Classics available till June 4, 2021

With permission from pianist Robert Finley, quotes from his comments on concert April 17, 2021 by Brannon Cho and Eric Lu:

“Last night I went to my first concert in Boston since before the pandemic started. It was a piano and cello recital given by Eric Lu and Brannon Cho in the new Calderwood Hall of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This was the first concert I had been to in that hall.

“I enjoyed the concert tremendously. Brannon Cho produced a lovely singing tone on the cello with superb intonation, and very expressive playing. Eric played wonderfully as always, and it was a very moving performance. He is one of the most musical and best pianists I have ever known. They both played extremely well together.

“Eric and Brannon received tremendous applause and cheering from the audience. They gave a lovely rendition of Vocalise by Rachmaninoff for an encore. Bravissimo and congratulations to them for their absolutely divine concert.

“It was so good to go to a concert again after being under lockdown at home for so long. The Calderwood Hall has very good acoustics. It is square shaped with several balconies. Due to Covid precautions, there were 64 people in the audience. Everyone wore a mask and the seats were spaced widely apart. My seat was on the ground floor, a few feet away from the piano. Kate Liu turned the pages for Eric. She is a marvelous pianist and gave a recital of music by Handel, Chopin and Schumann a few weeks ago in the same hall. I watched the recording and congratulated her. Her Schumann Fantasy was particularly moving. “

Eric Lu pianist

Avery Fisher Career Grant 2021 Recipient

“Leeds winner Eric Lu showed an astonishing command of keyboard tone and color.. the sign he is already a true artist. It was a spellbinding experience.”
The Guardian


“Lu’s playing is in a rare class - sensitive and emotionally intuitive.”
BBC Music Magazine

Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018, the first American to win the prestigious prize since Murray Perahia. He made his BBC Proms debut the following summer at the Royal Albert Hall, and is currently a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme. Eric is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist.

Highlights of the 2020-21 season include debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra (Marin Alsop), Seattle Symphony (Thomas Dausgaard), Oslo Philharmonic (Constantinos Carydis), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (Thomas Dausgaard) and Detroit Symphony (Eduardo Strausser). He will also give recitals at the Elbphilharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall (International Piano Series), Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, NY’s 92nd St Y, and NCPA in Beijing.

In recent seasons, Eric has appeared in recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, BOZAR Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Wigmore Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris, Seoul Arts Centre, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Grand Theatre Shanghai, and Sala São Paulo. He has collaborated with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Vasily Petrenko), The Hallé (Sir Mark Elder and Tomáš Hanus), Shanghai Symphony (Long Yu), Warsaw Philharmonic (Niklas Willén), Singapore Symphony (Darío Ntaca), and Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Dausgaard and Martin Frӧst). He also went on tour with the Orchestre National de Lille (Alexander Bloch). In 2019, Eric replaced Martha Argerich in Singapore, and Nelson Freire in São Paulo.

In 2020, Warner Classics released Eric’s first studio album, featuring the Chopin 24 Preludes, and Schumann’s Geistervariationen. It was met with critical acclaim, including BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Instrumental Record of the Month’. In 2018, Eric’s winning performances of Beethoven and Chopin from The Leeds with The Hallé and Edward Gardner was released by Warner. He has also released a Mozart, Schubert and Brahms recital on Genuin Classics.

Born in Massachusetts in 1997, Eric Lu first came to international attention as a prize-winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17. He previously won the 2015 US National Chopin Competition, and was awarded the International German Piano Award in 2017. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Robert McDonald and Jonathan Biss. He is also a pupil of Dang Thai Son. He is now based in Berlin and Boston.

Brannon Cho, cellist

Described by Arto Noras as “a finished artist, ready to play in any hall in the world,” cellist Brannon Cho has emerged as an outstanding musician of his generation. He is the First Prize winner of the prestigious 6th International Paulo Cello Competition, and is also a prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth, Naumburg, and Cassadó International Cello Competitions.

Brannon Cho has appeared as a soloist with many of the top orchestras around the world, including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique Royale Liège, under world-renowned conductors such as Susanna Mälkki, Stéphane Denève, and Christian Arming.

As a lover of chamber music, Brannon Cho has shared the stage with artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer, and Joshua Bell. His recent festival appearances include Marlboro, Kronberg Academy, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. In addition, Brannon Cho is a scholarship holder in the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, and the recipient of the 2019 Ivan Galamian Award, which was previously held by James Ehnes.

Brannon Cho’s recent and upcoming solo performance highlights include debuts in Wigmore Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Konzerthaus Berlin, Seoul Arts Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.

Born in New Jersey, Brannon Cho received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music under Hans Jørgen Jensen. He was awarded the prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Laurence Lesser. Today, he is in the Professional Studies program at the Kronberg Academy, under the tutelage of Frans Helmerson. Brannon Cho is sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld, and performs on a rare cello made by Antonio Casini in 1668 in Modena, Italy.

By Dr. Jannie Burdeti

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Eric Lu 陸逸軒音樂會後新聞稿 – April 25, 2021

中華表演藝術基金會上週六 417日,邀請今年2021艾利費舍爾職業獎(Avery Fisher Career Award)得主及里茲 (Leeds) 國際鋼琴大賽第一名鋼琴家陸逸軒 Eric Lu 及保羅 Paulo 國際大提琴大賽第一名韓裔大提琴家 Brannon Cho 聯合演出一場精彩的音樂會。 音樂會在波士頓伊莎貝拉博物館(Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) 新穎美觀的方型四層樓可容 300人的Calderwood Hall大廳中舉行。這次可以允許64人在場,戴口罩保持社交距離,個別分散入座。雖然人數仍舊很少,但比起三月份只准10人到場。已算寬容很多了。本場演出由原訂一月份因疫情延期至今,大家都帶著期待歡喜的心情來參加這半正常的音樂會。

當晚曲目包括舒曼,貝多芬,拉赫瑪尼諾夫 (Rachmoninoff) 為大提琴及鋼琴寫的經典作品。 多位音樂界重量級人物,紐英倫音樂學院的知名教授,大提琴老師,樂團指揮等多人到場。都是自去年三月以來,首次參加實體音樂會。

波士頓音樂雜誌 The Boston Musical Intelligencer 的樂評兼大提琴及指揮家 Nicolas Sterner 用強勢並且高超的清新手法駕馭戰馬 為標題,盛讚兩位演出者的水平。他說 上週六是我一年來首次參加實體音樂會。聆聽里茲國際鋼琴大賽金牌 Eric Lu 及已獲有紐英倫音樂學院最高學位藝術家文憑的 Brannon Cho 演出。 雖然這是他們第一次合作,但兩人融洽無間,掌握這些具高度挑戰性的曲子,輕鬆自如,明確清晰。 舒曼,貝多芬,拉赫瑪尼諾夫這三位作曲家,本身也是鋼琴家,對鋼琴的要求特別高。對大提琴來說,要和九英尺大鋼琴達到協調,有其明顯的難度。 但對這兩位演出者好像並沒有任何困難。音量平衡的恰到好處。 Brannon Cho 用的這把 1668 Casini 名琴,更是如歌似韻,令人陶醉。 最後的安可曲拉赫瑪尼諾夫的 Vocalise 更顯出大提琴如男高音般的華麗。』

本場音樂會的整場錄影,大約一星期後可放上中華表演藝術基金會的 YouTube 上。 陸逸軒是世界上最大的古典音樂唱片華納公司(Warner Classic) 的簽約鋼琴家,是他全球唱片總代理。本次音樂會被允許錄影,但只可放在主辦單位的YouTube上三十天就必須取下。



   查詢: 中華表演藝術基金會會長譚嘉陵, 電話: 781-259-8195


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