Pianist Lupo celebrates Debussy with thoughtful performance

"Lupo has two key attributes shared by outstanding Debussy interpreters: a seemingly infinite variety of touch and dynamics and a full to overflowing imagination...Lupo’s interpretations, free of anything predictable or routine, are entirely his own, thoughtful and fresh. Throughout, the audience listened in that rapt silence reserved for the best music-making."

Patrick Rucker, The Washington Post
«Journées Debussy»: Lupo et la voûte étoilée

"Benedetto Lupo went to raise the bar to a height where it was not expected...Everything was supreme."

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
Concert review: LPO/Mena at the Royal Festival Hall

"The subtlest tones came in the spellbinding nocturnal textures launching part two, though before The Rite our ears had already been tickled by the verdant colours in Debussy’s Printemps and the elegantly pungent kaleidoscope of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Benedetto Lupo was the muscular soloist — his right hand gripped the piano stool, determined not to interfere."

Geoff Brown, The Times
Critique: Juanjo Mena and Benedetto Lupo with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra

Benedetto Lupo mastered the difficulties inherent in this concert with mastery and virtuosity, maintaining a replica of power to be able, constant and obstinate in front of the orchestra, both in sound and in its markedly rhythmic character.

Óscar del Saz, Codalario
Debussy/Ravel program a sensory feast at Colorado Music Festival

"It is an exuberant and joyous, but fiendishly difficult score requiring extreme concentration from both the soloist and the orchestra. Lupo and Zeitouni lived on the edge throughout the rapid outer movements, and the result was breathtaking."

Kelly Dean Hansen, Daily Camera

He has the eye of a master to which everything is conceptualized... We were kept in suspense; dazzled. What a pianist, what an artist!

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
Mozart Festival - Toronto Symphony Orchestra

"Before intermission we heard the Italian Benedetto Lupo in the Piano Concerto No. 23. The second theme of the first movement was ... curvaceous and interesting.... His solo work in the Adagio projected a firm sort of melancholy."

Arthur Kaptainis, National Post
TSO offers full Mozart meal deal

"The main course consisted of the Piano Concerto No. 23, performed at breakneck speed by pianist Benedetto Lupo, with Matthew Halls conducting. It began with a very clean, almost dainty first movement and led towards the Menuetto, which was played with a tenderness that made it seem as if Wolfgang himself was sitting at the piano."

Michael Vincent, Toronto Star
This year's Mozart Festival brings light in trying times

"Conductor Matthew Halls and pianist Benedetto Lupo did manage to let the depth of Mozart’s despair float toward us on Wednesday night in a sublime middle movement of the A Major Concerto, K. 488."

Robert Harris, Globe and Mail
Nashville Symphony scores big in a program of Mozart masterpieces

"The terrific Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo joined Seaman and the NSO in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major. Lupo, a medalist in the 1989 Cliburn International Competition, boasts a commanding technique, and on Friday he gave a bracing account of the Mozart."

John Pitcher, ArtsNash
Themes and variations work well together for SLSO

"Lupo’s music-making is consistently meticulous and precise, as odd as that might seem in so Romantic a work as Rachmaninoff’s 'Rhapsody;' the drama is purely in his hands, and in the score, with no histrionics.

"His playing was intelligent, expressive, never sloppy, and built to a crescendo of excitement. Lupo hasn’t been here since 2006; it is to be hoped that his schedule and that of the SLSO will coincide again soon."

Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Pianist Benedetto Lupo delivers an emotional performance in Vancouver
"A set of seven movements alternating between energetic capriccios and reflective intermezzos, they were a study in contrasts—filled with moments of florid passion but also quiet redemption."
Jessica Werb, The Georgia Straight (Canada)
"The soloist was the excellent Benedetto Lupo, making his BSO debut. It has been a long while since I heard the Italian pianist, who took the bronze at the 1989 Van Cliburn Competition.

"The qualities I admired back in the 1990s were very much in evidence Friday -- unfailing beauty of tone matched with solid technique and refined musicality."

Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
L'événement Lupo
"Indeed I said “event”. The Italian pianist centered his program on German Romanticism, more precisely on Schumann and Brahms. Drawing from some less frequently performed works, he gave them a masterful rendition, confirming the existence of a great Italian piano school which has no reason to envy to its German counterpart."
Claude Gingras, La Presse
Concert classique - Le beau dimanche
“The great moment of the concert was Ravel’s Left Hand Concerto, played by Benedetto Lupo, and, in particular, its sublime final cadenza, played smoothly, evenly, and with a fluidity that left us astonished. Here, where all pianists get close to the breaking point while fighting against such adversity, Lupo reached heights of poetry.”
Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
Bernard Labadie, Benedetto Lupo with the L.A. Phil
"Lupo has maintained a low-key presence since capturing the bronze at the 1989 Van Cliburn Competition; he is physically unflashy in the extreme, and you can count his available recordings on one hand. Yet he struck a great balance in Mozart with a forthright touch, sparing use of the pedal, and subtle poetry –- neither overly aggressive nor overly precious –- and his playing in the finale had a floating quality that contrasted with Labadie’s rhythmic thrusts."
Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Canadian Conductor Bernard Labadie Handles CSO with Aplomb

"Benedetto Lupo, who gave a beautiful, shapely, unaffected account of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-Flat (K.456), is another artist who had to make his name elsewhere before the CSO beckoned. The Italian pianist, winner of the bronze medal in the 1989 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Ft. Worth, also was appearing with the orchestra for the first time. His pianism was never less than gracious, the musical sensibility behind it generous and true. Labadie's supportive accompaniment had a similar feeling of naturalness, as if he and Lupo were breathing the same pure Mozartean air. I hope the CSO invites both musicians back in the very near future."

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
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