Radu Lupu leads honours list

Radu Lupu leads honours list


norman lebrecht

December 31, 2015

The Romania-born pianist was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the honours list of the UK, where he lives.

radu lupu

There are OBEs for the pianist Malcolm Martineau and conductor Steuart Bedford, as well as David Joseph, chair and chief executive of Universal Music.

Others honoured include Catherine Arlidge, a violinist in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra who devotes her free time to engaging children in classical music. Catherine created The Stringcredibles, a string quartet formed of fellow-CBSO musicians which runs creative workshops, performances and other events for young people.

catherine arlidge

She receives the MBE, as do Michael McCarthy and Michael Rafferty, founders and joint Artistic Directors of contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales. Also in the MBE list are the violinist Alina Ibragimova and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic supporter Milena Lady Grenfell-Baines. The indefatigable Milena, 86, was one of the 669 children rescued from the Nazis by Sir Nicholas Winton in 1939.

milena baines


  • Pedro says:

    Shame! As one of the two best pianists in the world IMO – the other being Martha Argerich – Radu Lupu should be a KBE.

  • Stweart says:

    Catherine – WELL DESERVED !

  • Muso says:

    Do ‘gongs’ for musicians really add up to much or mean anything?
    Are the public so stupid to think having a worthless gong makes you a better musician? really?……
    Interesting however, to see again , this government clearly do not respect musicians, as once again hardly any self respecting muso seems to have been given one…..
    Maybe something to do with the fact that musos aren’t all that bothered, or thy haven’t got spare cash to backhand those who create and vet gongs……