Rudolf Buchbinder

Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the legendary interpreters of our time. For more than 50 years he has performed with the most renowned orchestras and conductors worldwide. Around his 70th birthday in the 2016/17 season, the artist personality Rudolf Buchbinder was honored in such outstanding venues as Carnegie Hall New York, Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Musikverein Wien and the Berliner Philharmonie. Highlights of the anniversary season included concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Christian Thielemann and concert tours with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden. At the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder was Artist in Residence at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In December 2016, the Vienna Philharmonic Rudolf Buchbinder awarded her honorary membership.

Rudolf Buchbinder's repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary works, which he documented in more than 100 recordings, many of them award-winning. In particular, his interpretations of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered to be of scale. With his cyclic performances of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas he developed the interpretation history of these works for decades.

He has performed the cycle more than 50 times to this day, including in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dresden, Milan, Beijing, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Zurich and already four times each in Vienna and Munich. He was the first pianist to play all Beethoven Sonatas in a festival summer at the 2014 Salzburg Festival. The Salzburg Cycle was recorded live for DVD. In autumn 2016, a live recording of the two piano concertos by Johannes Brahms with the Vienna Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta was released on DVD and CD.

Buchbinder's interpretations are based on meticulous source research. A passionate collector of historical scores, he has 39 complete editions of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas in his possession. Furthermore, an extensive collection of first editions, original editions and copies of the autograph piano parts and score of the piano concertos by Johannes Brahms.

Since 2007, Rudolf Buchbinder has been artistic director of the Grafenegg Festival, which under his leadership has quickly become one of the most important orchestral festivals in Europe.

Two books have been published by Rudolf Buchbinder so far, his autobiography "Da Capo" and "My Beethoven - Life with the Master."


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