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Rudolf Buchbinder, piano


Rudolf Buchbinder is firmly established as one of the world's foremost pianists and is frequently invited by major orchestras and festivals around the world. His comprehensive repertoire encompasses numerous 20th century compositions.

Rudolf Buchbinder's emphasis lies in his meticulous study of musical sources. He owns 35 complete editions of Beethoven's sonatas and has an extensive collection of autograph scores, first editions and original documents. In addition, he possesses copies of the autograph scores and piano parts of both Brahms concertos.

More than 100 recordings document the scope and diversity of Rudolf Buchbinder's repertoire. Notable recordings to his credit include Haydn's complete works for piano, which earned him the Grand Prix du Disque, as well as "Waltzing Strauss", a CD featuring piano transcriptions.

Today Rudolf Buchbinder favors live recordings, a preference which has resulted in a CD with the Brahms piano concertos (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt) and in two DVDs featuring six Mozart concertos with Buchbinder as pianist and conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2006 Vienna Festwochen.

Another live recording of the two Brahms piano concertos, released in 2010, was made together with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta. In May 2011, Rudolf Buchbinder's performances as pianist and conductor in Beethoven's five piano concertos at Vienna's Musikverein together with the Vienna Philharmonic were released on DVD and Blu-ray.

The interpretation of the "new testament" of the piano repertoire has developed into a core interest for Rudolf Buchbinder. He continues to set standards with his performances of the complete 32 sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven in more than 40 cities, among them Vienna, Munich, Zurich, St. Petersburg, Buenos Aires, Beijing and Milan.

Rudolf Buchbinder is the founding artistic director of the Grafenegg Music Festival near Vienna, which has quickly gained its rank among the major orchestra festivals in Europe since its foundation in 2007.

In his biography Da Capo (which includes an introduction by German music critic Joachim Kaiser), Rudolf Buchbinder offers insights into his life as one of today's most distinguished pianists.

Rudolf Buchbinder, piano

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, Tempest
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, Waldstein

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Elizabeth Morgan.

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Rudolf Buchbinder, piano

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, Moonlight
Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, Pathétique
Beethoven: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, Appassionata


This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with David Dubal

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