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Rudolf Buchbinder

Rudolf Buchbinder

Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the legendary artists of our time. His piano playing is an unparalleled fusion of the authority of a career spanning more than 60 years with spirit and spontaneity. His renditions of Beethoven's works are considered to be exemplary. He has performed the 32 piano sonatas cyclically all over the world over 50 times. 

On the occasion of Beethoven's 250th birthday, in the 2019/20 season the Wiener Musikverein is dedicating its own cycle of the five Beethoven piano concertos to Buchbinder. He plays these as a soloist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under Music Director Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and with 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.

Another premiere will also be the focus of the Beethoven Year 2020. Based on Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, a series of new Diabelli Variations is being created on the initiative of Buchbinder. As a co-production of various international organisers, the commission was awarded to twelve leading contemporary composers.

In 2019, Buchbinder became an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon. Numerous award-winning recordings document his career.

Buchbinder is an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic orchestras. He is the first soloist to be awarded the Goldene Ehrennadel by the Staatskapelle Dresden. He has been the Artistic Director of the Grafenegg Festival since 2007.