Recital Bruce Liu

Music 27 October 2022 – 8:30pm

Bruce Liu© Yanzhang

8.30 p.m.

New Generation Piano Recital

At 25 years of age, Canadian Bruce Liu was propelled to the forefront of the international stage after winning the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2021. It is therefore natural that the programme he presents here gives pride of place to the Polish composer’s works, which he interprets with unparalleled sensitivity and mastery. By contrasting them with the demonic virtuosity of Franz Liszt and the subtle iridescence of Maurice Ravel, Mr Liu paints portraits of divergence, highlighting the extent of his talent and his keen musical intelligence.

The artist

Bruce Liu

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. 

Since then he has toured the world, appearing at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, BOZAR Brussels, Tokyo Opera City, Sala São Paulo, and the Royal Festival Hall. Orchestral appearances also include the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.


In the 2022-23 season, Bruce Liu will appear in recital at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Carnegie Hall, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Seoul Arts Center, Suntory Hall, while orchestral appearances include performances with the Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wiener Symphoniker, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. His festival appearances include la Roque d’Anthéron, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Musik Festival, « Chopin and his Europe », Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival and Gstaad Menuhin Festival.


Exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon, Bruce Liu’s first album featuring his performances from the Chopin Competition won a “Fryderyk Award” and received international acclaim including both the Critics’ choice and Editor’s choice in Gramophone Magazine, which proclaimed his debut disc as “simply one of the most distinguished Chopin recitals of recent years”. They also included it in the list of Best classical albums of 2021, and described Mr. Liu’s playing as “evoking Shura Cherkassky and Georges Cziffra in a single breath”.


Born in Paris to Chinese parents, Bruce Liu grew up in Montreal. His life has been steeped in cultural diversity (Europe, Asia, North America) which has shaped his personality and character. His teachers include Richard Raymond and Dang Thai Son.

The programme

Frédéric Chopin
Rondo à la mazur op. 5
Frédéric Chopin
Ballade n°2 op. 38
Frédéric Chopin
Variations sur "Là ci darem la mano" de Don Giovanni de Mozart, Op. 2
Maurice Ravel
Franz Liszt
Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418

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