Naples Philharmonic Chamber Music
Artis—Naples Wang Chamber Music Series
Benedetto Lupo, piano
Dohnányi — Serenade
R. Strauss, arr. Hasenoehrl — Till Eulenspiegel’s einmal anders!
Brahms — Piano Quartet in C Minor
The Naples Philharmonic Wang Chamber Series is generously endowed by David & Cecile Wang.
Benedetto Lupo has been described 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 has gained worldwide recognition.
His 2015-16 season included performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, a tour with the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, featuring works by Brahms, Mozart and Poulenc with Beatrice Rana at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, and appearances at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Le Festival de Lanaudiére.
After winning the bronze medal in the 1989 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Benedetto 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. Benedetto Lupo has performed with many prestigious orchestras, 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, Montreal, Oregon, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis, Utah, Vancouver and Virginia.
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.
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 recording of the same work on Harmonia Mundi for which he received the prestigious Diapason d’Or award.
Since 2013, Lupo has been serving as the piano master course professor at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He gives master classes around the world and has served on the jury of both the Cleveland International Competition and the Gina Bachauer Competition in Salt Lake City, from which he previously won second and third prize, respectively.