Benedetto Lupo has been heralded by critics as an « exceptionally fine pianist … who has a remarkably fine touch and beautiful tone control » (The Oregonian). Praised for his « keen musical intelligence and probing intellect » (Miami Herald), and for combining « meticulous technique with romantic sensitivity » (Birmingham News), he continues to gain worldwide recognition.
Highlights for Mr. Lupo’s 2017-18 season feature performances with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Domaine Forget International Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Cliburn Concerts, Bourgie Concert Hall, National Gallery of Art Concert Series, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Past seasons include performances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria and appearances at the Domaine Forget International Festival and the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club. Benedetto Lupo has performed with prestigious orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles, Malaysian, and Louisiana Philharmonic orchestras, I Musici de Montréal, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Toronto, Huntsville, Calgary, Colorado, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Montréal, Oregon, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis, Utah, Vancouver, and Virginia. Festival appearances include Tanglewood Festival with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Domain Forget International Festival with Les Violons du Roy, and Le Festival de Lanaudiére. In Europe, he has appeared in his native Italy with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Santa Cecilia Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, the National RAI Orchestra (Torino), and the festivals of Brescia and Bergamo.
He also celebrated Liszt’s 200th birthday by performing the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major and Totentanz with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, performed Nino Rota’s Concerto Soirée with the Spanish National Orchestra (Madrid) to mark the composer’s 100th birthday; performed with the London and Slovak philharmonics; the orchestras of Limburg (Netherlands), Odense (Denmark), Hallé, Bergen (Norway), Rotterdam, and Liege; and with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra (Spain).
Highly lauded at competitions, Lupo was silver medalist in the 1985 Cleveland International Piano Competition, took the bronze medal in the 1989 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and subsequently made acclaimed debuts with several major American orchestras, as well as chamber appearances with the Tokyo String Quartet. His New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall followed in 1992, the same year he won the Terence Judd International Award, which in turn led to his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. Since 2013, Benedetto Lupo has served as the Piano Master Course professor at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He gives master classes around the world, and has been jurist for both the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer Competition in Salt Lake City, for which he had been a bronze medalist. Most recently, he also served on the jury at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal competition.
Mr. Lupo’s recordings include an acclaimed version of Nino Rota’s Concerto Soirée with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana on the Nuova Era label, and a new release of the same work on Harmonia Mundi for which he received the prestigious Diapason d’Or award. With Peter Maag and the RSI Symphony Orchestra he has recorded Schumann’s complete works for piano and orchestra, including the first CD recording of the piano version of Konzertstück, Op. 86, for the Arts label. He is featured on the Emmy-award winning documentary, Here to Make Music: The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the seven-part series Encore! The Final Round of Performances of the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, both for PBS.