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Rudolf Buchbinder

Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the legendary performers of our time. The authority of a career spanning more than 60 years is uniquely combined with esprit and spontaneity in his piano playing.

Buchbinder is an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, the Vienna Konzerthausgesellschaft, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the first soloist to be awarded the Golden Badge of Honor by the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.

To mark the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, for the first time in its 150-year history, the Vienna Musikverein gave a single pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder, the honor of performing all five piano concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven in a specially edited cycle. Buchbinder’s partners in this unprecedented constellation were the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Music Director Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under their chief conductors Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Christian Thielemann. The Musikverein cycle was recorded live and was released on Deutsche Grammophon in September 2021.

Buchbinder is an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon. The double album The Diabelli Project, published in 2020, and a live recording of Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto with Christian Thielemann and the Berlin Philharmonic received an enthusiastic response in the international press. In September 2021, Buchbinder’s recording of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas live from the Salzburg Festival followed, alongside the release of the Beethoven piano concertos.

He has been the artistic director of the Grafenegg Festival since its foundation in 2007. Today, Grafenegg is one of the most influential orchestral festivals in Europe.

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