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Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder to Replace Leif Ove Andsnes in CSO concerts in June

Release from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CHICAGO — Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will replace Leif Ove Andsnes as soloist with Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Thursday and Saturday, June 13 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Friday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Andsnes’ newborn twins have arrived several weeks earlier than planned and, as he realizes the need to focus on his family at this time, he withdraws from his CSO performances with great regret.

These concerts mark Buchbinder’s debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire for these performances remains unchanged, with Buchbinder performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major on all four concerts.

RUDOLF BUCHBINDER is firmly established as one of the world’s foremost pianists and is frequently invited by major orchestras and festivals around the world. His comprehensive repertoire encompasses numerous 20th century compositions. Buchbinder’s emphasis lies in his meticulous study of musical sources. He owns 38 complete editions of Beethoven’s sonatas and has an extensive collection of autograph scores, first editions and original documents.

In addition, he possesses copies of the autograph scores and piano parts of both Brahms concertos. More than 100 recordings document the scope and diversity of his repertoire, including the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas, the complete Beethoven concertos, the complete Mozart piano concertos, all of Haydn’s works for piano, both Brahms concertos, and all of the rarely performed Diabelli Variations collection written by 50 Austrian composers.

In January 2012, Buchbinder’s live performance (as pianist and conductor) of all five of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic was released in the US as a two-DVD set by C Major/Unitel Classica, and in October 2012, he was awarded an ECHO Klassik Award for Best Instrumentalist of the Year (Piano) for The Sonata Legacy, a 9-CD box set recording of all of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas on Sony.

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