Concert: 04.07.2022

Rudolf Buchbinder


Piano sonata in C minor op. 13 "Pathetique"

Piano sonata in c-sharp minor op. 27/2 "Moonlight Sonata"

Piano sonata in F minor op. 57 "Appassionata"

Rudolf Buchbinder

His credo: “We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.” ( Socrates )

Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the legendary and most important interpreters of our time. The authority of a career spanning more than 60 years is uniquely combined with esprit and spontaneity in his piano playing. At the age of 5 he played hits, as a teenager in bars. Today he is a piano legend and festival director and has been shaping international musical life for 60 years. His piano playing combines tradition and innovation, faithfulness to the original and freedom, authenticity and cosmopolitanism in a unique way.

The work of Ludwig van Beethoven accompanied Buchbinder his whole life. Like no other pianist, he has tackled Beethoven's piano concertos and piano sonatas. In 2021, he published two extraordinary editions of these works: Buchbinder recorded the 5 piano concertos with 5 world-class orchestras and conductors as well as all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Rudolf Buchbinder is an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Rudolf Buchbinder has been Artistic Director of the Grafenegg Festival since 2007.

Rudolf Buchbinder has published an autobiography entitled "Da Capo" as well as the book "Mein Beethoven - Leben mit dem Meister". His latest book "Der letzte Walzer" was published to coincide with the premiere of the New Diabelli Variations in March 2020 and tells 33 stories about Beethoven, Diabelli and playing the piano. Numerous award-winning recordings document his career.

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