Breaking: Great pianist retiresmain
A statement from Radu Lupu’s management to the Spanish magazine Scherzo confirms that he will formally retire from the stage at the end of the present season.
Lupu, 73, has been in frail health for the past couple of years and has been subject to frequent cancellations.
He gave a recital last week with Steven Isserlis in Switzerland, and that may be the last we see of him.
We wish Radu a long and happy retirement.
A tribute from the conductor Ivan Fischer:
Born in Galați, Romania, Lupu studied with Florica Musicescu, the teacher of Dinu Lipatti, and Heinrich Neuhaus, who taught Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. He emerged to win the Van Cliburn Competition (1966), the George Enescu International Piano Competition (1967), and the Leeds (1969).
He married the cellist and Shostakovich biographer Elizabeth Wilson in 1971. His second wife, Delia Bugarin, is a violinist in the Lausanne chamber orchestra.
Here’s Jessica Duchen’s account of his final London appearance.