The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the passing of Radu Lupu on 17 April at the age of 76. Born in Romania, Lupu was one of the great pianists in the Classical and Romantic repertoire. His interpretations were both tonally beautiful and full of character, although Lupu avoided any superficial effects. He played slow movements with the utmost restraint and in doing so created an impression of intensity and depth of feeling.
Radu Lupu made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in December 1972 under the direction of Daniel Barenboim with Brahms’ First Piano Concerto. Regular guest appearances followed with piano concertos by Schumann, Mozart and, above all, Ludwig van Beethoven. Radu Lupu performed alongside Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Sanderling, among others. In 1978, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. His final concert with the orchestra took place in March 2014, when Radu Lupu performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Iván Fischer.