Rudolf Buchbinder is one of today’s legendary performers. For more than fifty years he has appeared in concert all over the world with the most renowned orchestras and conductors. Around his 70th birthday in December 2016, this versatile artist will be celebrated in such prestigious venues as the Carnegie Hall in New York City, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonie. Other highlights of this anniversary season are tours with the Vienna Philharmonic under the batons of Zubin Mehta and Franz Welser-Möst, as well as concerts with the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Berlin Philharmonic led by Christian Thielemann. At the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder is Artist in Residence with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The Musikverein in Vienna marks the occasion with a special feature of Rudolf Buchbinder.
Rudolf Buchbinder’s repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music. He has documented this broad artistic range with more than one hundred recordings, many of which have won awards. His readings of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven in particular have set new standards. With his cyclic performances of the 32 Beethoven sonatas, he has contributed significantly to the development of the performance history of these works.
To date he has performed this cycle more than fifty times in places including Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dresden, Milan, Beijing, St. Petersburg, Zurich, and four times each in Vienna and Munich. In 2014, he became the first pianist ever to perform all Beethoven sonatas during one summer season at the Salzburg Festival. The Salzburg cycle was recorded live and released on DVD.
His latest CD release is a recording of Mozart piano concertos with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, directed by Buchbinder from the piano. The autumn of 2016 sees the release on DVD and CD of a live recording of Brahms’ two piano concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta.
Buchbinder’s readings are based on meticulous study of source material. An avid collector of historic scores, he owns thirty-nine complete editions of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Furthermore, his library contains an extensive collection of first prints, original editions and copies of Brahms’ two original piano concerto scores.
Rudolf Buchbinder has been the artistic director of the Grafenegg festival since its founding in 2007. Under his leadership, it has developed into one of Europe’s foremost festivals for orchestral music.
Rudolf Buchbinder has published two books so far: his autobiography “Da Capo”, as well as “My Beethoven – Life With the Master”.