The famous Romanian pianist Radu Loup died last Sunday in the Swiss city of Lausanne where he lived, at the age of 76. While his exact cause of death is unknown, the musician suffered from a long illness that forced him to leave the stage in 2019 after 40 years of concerts.
Radu Lupu is one of the most outstanding pianists of recent years. Born in Romania in 1945, he started his musical studies at the Bucharest Conservatory but later entered P.I. He was taught by Galina Eghyazarova, Heinrich Neuhaus and Stanislav Neuhaus at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
He perfected his technique with Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
His career really took off when he won three major music competitions in just four years. He won the Van Cliburn Competition in 1966, the Enescu Competition in 1967 and the Leeds Competition in 1969. This allowed him to play with major orchestras around the world and with some of the most important conductors of the time, such as Karajan, Barenboim or Giulini.
His recordings, mainly for Decca Records, include Schubert’s Lydia, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos or Mozart’s Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano, among many others. However, few broadcasts of his concert performances have survived, as he was always reluctant to record them on the radio.
He won Van Cliburn, Enescu and Leeds over the course of four years.
Throughout his career he has received numerous awards, including the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Prize and two “Abbiati” prizes awarded by the Association of Italian Critics in 1989 and 2006.