Bruce Liu, Piano
Winner of the 2021 International Chopin Piano Competition, the international star pianist presents a thrilling program of classical and romantic highlights in a spectacular recital full of enthusiasm, passion and excitement.
Since winning the prestigious 2021 Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Bruce Liu has dazzled audiences at sold-out venues around the world. The extraordinarily gifted pianist demonstrates a penetrating insight and maturity well beyond his years and brings a joyous freshness and spontaneity to his revelatory performances often described as “elegant and breathtaking”.
For his Abu Dhabi Festival debut recital, he presents a thrilling programme that astounds and captivates with its breath-taking technical complexity. Capturing with skillful grace the drama of Mozart’s Don Giovanni opera in a short yet intense piano piece, Liu opens his recital with a selection of elegant yet vivid character pieces by Rameau, and the delicacy and tenderness of Chopin’s own witty reimagining’s of a Mozart aria and concludes with a masterful performance of the opera fantasy, Réminiscences de Don Juan by Liszt.
Rameau Selection of pieces
Chopin Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni- Op.2
Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35 Funeral March
Chopin Trois Nouvelles Études, Op. Posth.
Liszt Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418
Presented by Abu Dhabi Festival
Arab World Premiere
The Red Theater
The Arts Center NYU Abu Dhabi
14 March 2023
About the Artist
Bruce Liu was brought to the world’s attention in 2021, when he won the First Prize at the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Following his competition’s success, he immediately embarks on a world tour, appearing at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus, BOZAR Brussels, Tokyo Opera City, Sala São Paulo, Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, U.S tour with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Past highlights include performance with ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as North-America tour with the China NCPA Orchestra.
His upcoming highlights include debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, European tour with Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker at Musikverein, festival appearances at la Roque d’Anthéron, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau, Edinburgh, Chopin and his Europe, Duszniki, and Gstaad Menuhin.
An exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon, his first album featuring the winning performances from the Chopin Competition won a Fryderyk Award and received international acclaim including both the Critics’ choice and Editor’s choice from the Gramophone Magazine, as well as being included in its list of Best classical albums from 2021.
“What we all have in common is our difference”, the young pianist likes to say. Born in Paris to Chinese parents, Bruce Liu grew up in Montreal. His life has been steeped in cultural diversity, which has shaped his differences in attitude, personality and character. He draws on various sources of inspiration for his art: European refinement, Chinese long tradition, North American dynamism and openness. Following his artist path with optimism and a smile, his teachers include Richard Raymond and Dang Thai Son.