Rudolf Buchbinder is one of today’s legendary performers. For more than 50 years he has appeared in concert all over the world with the most renowned orchestras and conductors. Around his 70th birthday in December 2016, this versatile artist will be celebrated in such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Berliner Philharmonie. Among the highlights of the anniversary season, tours with the Vienna Philharmonic under the batons of Zubin Mehta and Franz Welser-Möst and with the Staatskapelle Dresden, as well as concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker led by Christian Thielemann stand out in particular. By invitation of Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder is Artist in Residence with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The Musikverein in Vienna marks the occasion with a special feature of Rudolf Buchbinder.
Rudolf Buchbinder’s repertoire spans from Bach to contemporary music. He has documented this broad artistic range in more than 100 recordings, many of which have won awards. His readings of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven in particular have set new standards. With his cyclic performances of the 32 Beethoven sonatas, he has contributed to the development of the performance history of these works across several decades.
Until today he has performed this cycle more than 50 times – among other places in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dresden, Milan, Beijing, St. Petersburg, Zurich, and four times in Vienna as well as in Munich, respectively. As the first pianist ever he performed all Beethoven sonatas within one summer season at the Salzburg festival in 2014. The Salzburg cycle was recorded live on DVD.
His latest CD release is a recording of Mozart piano concertos with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, directed by Buchbinder from the piano. The autumn of 2016 sees the release on DVD and CD of a live recording of Brahms’ two piano concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta.
Buchbinder’s readings are based on meticulous study of source material. An avid collector of historic scores, he owns 39 complete editions of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Furthermore, his library contains an extensive collection of first prints, original editions and copies of Brahms’ two original piano concerto scores.
Rudolf Buchbinder has been the artistic director of the Grafenegg festival since 2007. Under his leadership, it developed into one of Europe’s foremost festivals for orchestral music within very short time.
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Rudolf Buchbinder has published two books so far: his autobiography “Da Capo”, as well as “My Beethoven – Life With the Master”.
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