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The winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition releases first debut album of his live recordings from the Competition.

Warner Classics & Askonas Holt partner to welcome Eric Lu to their respective rosters.

“Artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year old is simply astounding”

The Daily Telegraph

Warner Classics and Askonas Holt are proud to announce the signing of 20-year old American pianist, Eric Lu, winner and Dame Fanny Waterman Gold Medallist at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition 2018. As part of this year’s coveted prize the winner receives worldwide management with Askonas Holt and an international album release on Warner Classics. This is the first time a record label and a management agency partner with ‘The Leeds’ to create a ground-breaking portfolio prize designed with long-term career development in mind. The recording deal is a corner-stone of its new prize package, designed to redefine what a music competition can offer young performers. Both, Warner Classics and Askonas Holt, aim to ensure that the winner has the opportunities, support and advice to develop a significant long-term international career.

Adam Gatehouse said: “I am thrilled that Eric Lu has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 Leeds International Competition. He is a true musician. His playing shone out from the very first round and I am delighted that our new partners Warner Classics and Askonas Holt are on board to develop Eric’s concert and recording career together. I’m looking forward to his first album on the label in November.”

Gaetan Le Divelec, Director at Askonas Holt said: “It has been a pleasure to be associated with “The Leeds” this year, our first ever partnership with an international competition. The array of talent was extraordinary, right from the first round. We are delighted that this year’s winner, Eric Lu, will be joining our roster. His performances throughout the contest displayed a maturity beyond his years, and we are both humbled and excited at the perspective of working with Eric and our colleagues at Warner Classics to develop his career over the years to come.”

Alain Lanceron, President of Warner Classics & Erato said, “Eric is an extraordinary young artist with truly global potential. We are excited to be working together with our friends at Askonas Holt to bring the exceptional pianistic talent of ‘The Leeds’ to audiences around the world. At Warner Classics we have a commitment in nurturing young artists and Askonas Holt are the ideal partner in this endeavour.”

On Friday 21st September, Warner Classics released a digital single of Eric Lu’s performance of the First movement from Chopin’s Piano Sonata No.2, available on all digital platforms for streaming and download. The album, launched worldwide in physical and digital formats on Friday 2nd November, includes his Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 performance from the Final with the Hallé conducted by Edward Gardner (Lu is also the Terence Judd Hallé Orchestra Prize winner), as well as Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 and Chopin’s Ballade No.4 recorded from the earlier rounds. The album has been remastered from Medici.tv’s high-quality audio footage of all of the Competition performances made possible by invaluable support from the University of Leeds. The prize also includes a host of performance engagements with high profile promoters, including with some of the world’s premier venues and orchestras, such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, the Hallé and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras.

Every stage of the competition is available to watch at leedspiano2018.medici.tv

Eric’s live recording of his performances at The Leeds is now available for streaming and purchase here.