Rudolf Buchbinder


The Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, who was born in 1946, can look back on a career of more than 60 years that has involved collaborations with the most renowned orchestras and conductors around the world. Ludwig van Beethoven’s oeuvre is at the heart of his work: he has performed the cycle of 32 sonatas more than 50 times, including in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dresden, Milan, Beijing, St. Petersburg, and Zurich, as well as a total of four times each in Vienna and Munich to date. In 2014, he was the first pianist to present the cycle at the Salzburg Festival during the course of one summer. To mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday, he will perform the composer’s five piano concertos at the Vienna Musikverein with five different orchestras and conductors: the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, and the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann. Following the model of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, he will also introduce a cycle of new variations on Diabelli’s waltz written by twelve contemporary composers. Rudolf Buchbinder’s repertoire, which he has documented in more than 100 recordings, ranges from Bach to contemporary works; since the spring of 2019, he has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. His performances are based on meticulous research of sources. A passionate collector of historical scores, he owns 39 complete editions of the Beethoven sonatas alone, as well as numerous first editions and original editions of other works. Buchbinder has been the artistic director of the Grafenegg Festival since 2007. As an author, he has published two books: his autobiography Da Capo in 2008 and Mein Beethoven – Leben mit dem Meister in 2014.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 18 November 1999 in a recital of works by Bach, Berg, Beethoven, and Schumann.

October 2019