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Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo gained worldwide recognition after winning the bronze medal in the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989. His success immediately led to critically acclaimed debuts with several American orchestras plus chamber appearances with the Tokyo String Quartet and solo recitals at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York and the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California.
He has won numerous other international competitions and awards including the Terence Judd Award in London (1982), the Alfred Cortot Competition (1980) and the Jaén Competition (1982), and was a prize winner at the Robert Casadesus Competition (1985) and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (1986). He has recently been invited to be a jury member for the Casadesus, Bachauer and Montreal Competitions.
Benedetto Lupo has performed extensively throughout North America, South America and Europe and has played with such orchestras as the Seattle Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Hallé, Bergen Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Tenerife Symphony and Brazilian Symphony Orchestras as well as the Santa Cecilia Symphony Orchestra of Rome and Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. He has played under the baton of distinguished conductors including Aldo Ceccato, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Lü Jia, Vladimir Jurowski, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Pavel Kogan, Bernard Labadie, Louis Langrée, Peter Maag, Fabio Mechetti, Kent Nagano, Michel Plasson, Joseph Silverstein, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Stern and Hugh Wolff.
No stranger to the world's most iIIustrious stages, Benedetto Lupo has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel in Paris and Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. In his native Italy he has played at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Comunale in Bologna and Florence, San Carlo in Naples, Regio in Turin, Verdi in Trieste and la Fenice in Venice. He has also given concerts in Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Hanover and Madrid, and played at the most prominent music festivals, including Japan's Yokohama Piano Festival, America's Grant Park Festival in Chicago and Turkey's Istanbul Festival.
In 2003 he made a critically acclaimed debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano and in 2005 he was the soloist on a tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski to Italy, Romania and Croatia. He also played with the New World, St Louis and Oregon Symphony Orchestras, and was re-invited by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, this time with Frans Bruggen as conductor.
In April this year (2008) he will play the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Turin, Mozart's Piano Concerto, K.456 at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York in August, and the Schumann Concerto with the Liege Philharmonic Orchestra in December. Engagements in 2009 will take him to the Stresa Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Madrid.
Along with Peter Maag and the RSI Orchestra, Benedetto Lupo released a CD on the ARTS label of the complete works for piano and orchestra by Robert Schumann and the first CD recording of the piano version of the Konzertstiick, Op.86. He has also record ed for the Teldec, BMG and VAI labels. His first recording of Nino Rota's neo-romantic Concerto Soirée with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana was released in 1992 on Nuova Era and received very favourable reviews. It has now been remastered and re released on the ARTS label (47596-2). The late composer Rota (perhaps best known for his film scores for such directors as Visconti, Fellini and Coppola) mentored Lupo, following him closely during his early training at the Piccinni Conservatory in Bari. Another recording of the Concerto Soirée was released in 2005 on Harmonia Mundi France - this time with the OCG conducted by Josep Pons - and received a Diapason d'Or in France.
Benedetto Lupo has performed for such artists as Carlo Zecchi, Nikita Magaloff and Murray Perahia, and has also worked intensively with Marisa Somma, Sergio Perticaroli and Aldo Ciccolini. He currently teaches at the Nino Rota Conservatory in Monopoli, Italy, and gives masterclasses worldwide.