Benedetto Lupo


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.

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’s recent North American performances Tanglewood Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Baltimore Symphony; Mostly Mozart Festival, Chicago Symphony.

In Europe, he has appeared in his native Italy with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Santa Cecilia Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi,  the National RAI Orchestra, Maggio Musicale in Florence.

He has also celebrated Liszt’s 200th birthday by performing the composer’s Concerto No. 1 and Totentanz with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig; performed Nino Rota’s Concerto Soirée with the Spanish National Orchestra (Madrid) to mark the composer’s 100th birthday; and performed with the London Philharmonic under the baton of Vladimir Yurowski, Bilbao Symphony, Budapest Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nantes with Jean Jacques Kantorow, Liege Philharmonie with Christian Arming and Luois Langrée, and with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra (Spain), Hallé, Bergen (Norway), Rotterdam. 

Mr. Lupo's recordings include an acclaimed version of Nino Rota's Concerto Soirée on Harmonia Mundi for which he received the prestigious Diapason d’Or award.

With Peter Maag and the RSI Symphony Orchestra he has recorded Schumann's complete works for piano and orchestra, including the first CD recording of the piano version of Konzertstück, Op. 86, for the Arts label.

Benedetto Lupo teaches at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, gives master classes around the world. He is featured on the Emmy-award winning documentary Here to Make Music: The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the seven-part series Encore! The Final Round of Performances of the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, both for PBS.

In December 2015 he was named Accademico di Santa Cecilia.