Rudolf BuchbinderRudolf Buchbinder is a deep artist. He is someone who is steeped in the Old World European tradition, and I think that’s just the sensibility that [Brahms’ Concerto No. 2] requires.
Conductor Alan Gilbert in THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, February 2013
To watch and hear Rudolf Buchbinder in concert is to experience the totality of perfect phrasing, magnificent technique and an unparalleled love of his instrument that has placed him among the top tier of the world's pianists. ASSOCIATED PRESS, July 2012
Buchbinder played Beethoven with haunting restraint and mystery, almost as if he were channeling the music from some cosmic beyond. Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES
A sheer delight, technical mastery without self-conscious virtuosity. Anne Midgette, THE WASHINGTON POST
Buchbinder brings a powerful intellect to his approach to Beethoven. [Piano Concerto No. 4] was executed with the intimacy of a conversation among close friends. Stephen Smoliar, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
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 caused a stir and earned him the Grand Prix du Disque, as well as “Waltzing Strauss“, a CD featuring piano transcriptions. Today Rudolf Buchbinder favours 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. In November 2012, Rudolf Buchbinder presented a live recording of Mozart concertos with Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
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. In the 2012/13 concert
season Rudolf Buchbinder performs his entire Beethoven cycle in Berlin.
Throughout the 2010/11 season he maintained a particularly close cooperation with the Staatskapelle Dresden as the orchestra’s first Artist in Residence. His cycle of all Beethoven
piano sonatas at the Semperoper in Dresden was recorded live and released in May 2011 as
a CD box by Sony/RCA Red Seal. In 2012 it won the prestigious Echo Klassik Award in the
category “Instrumentalist of the year” and the Choc de l'année 2012. 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.
For further information please visit the homepage www.buchbinder.net.
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