Luiza Borac

 

Acclaimed by the international music press as a “virtuoso of astonishing brilliance” , a “thoroughly poetic artist” (Joachim Kaiser, Sueddeutsche Zeitung), and as the first Romanian female pianist to perform in the famous Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles Luiza Borac has established herself as one of the most charismatic artists of her generation.

 

Based in Germany, Luiza Borac has won over 30 prizes and accolades, including First Prize in the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin and the Viotti-Valsesia International Music Competition in Italy, the Silver Medal at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, the Debut prize at Carnegie Hall New York, the Prix d’Oslo, the Grieg Prize and the audience prize in the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Oslo.

 

Her pioneering project to record the piano works of GEORGE ENESCU won the much-sought-after BBC Music Award in 2007 as “superbly, idiomatically played, vehemently recommended” (BBC Music Magazine), while the International Record Review described it as “a benchmark for future interpretations“.

 

Luiza Borac regularly performs in Europe and the USA. She has given concerts at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Konserthus in Stockholm, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Oslo Music Festival and London’s Barbican Centre, and she has worked with such artists as Vladimir Jurowski, Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu.

 

Luiza Borac has been celebrated as “a dream of a pianist” (Rondo), a 'formidable interpreter' (San Francisco Chronicle), “a worthy ambassador for a genius” (Music & Vision) and a pianist of “subtle but absolute mastery” (BBC Music Magazine). Gramophone has commented that “Borac’s only substantial rival is Dinu Lipatti in the Third Sonata” and Hi-Fi has noted that “Luiza Borac creates an extraordinary sense of identification with the music ... a revelation”. The music journal Fono Forum made this recording its “Star of the Month”.

 

Luiza Borac works closely with various internationally recognised charities. Such projects include Music In Our Schools, run by the Bachauer Foundation, the MENORAH project for the Jewish victims of Schaumburg-Lippe in North Germany and a Romanian charity that supports orphans and street children in the artist’s native country. The UNESCO city of Albi has awarded her the honorific title of “Ambassadrice de la Cité épiscopale” and also its medal of honour in recognition of her involvement in PolioPlus, an international project run by Rotary with the aim of eradicating polio.

 

Her double CD release, featuring compositions by the legendary pianist Dinu Lipatti, forms part of her collaboration with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and includes the first ever recordings of several works. This release received a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine and, with the highest possible score of 18 stars, was rated best CD in the bimonthly publication Piano News.

 

In 2014 Luiza Borac attained her doctorate following research into the piano works of George Enescu and she graduated in musicology from the National University of Music in Bucharest with the highest distinction summa cum laude.

 

In 2016 Luiza dedicated a number of commemorative concerts in Germany and Switzerland to the memory of the legendary Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest world pianist and Holocaust survivor who died in London at the age of 110. Luiza met Alice Herz-Sommer in London during her recording of the 24 Chopin Etudes. 

 

2017 Luiza Borac toured Germany, Holland, Romania, Switzerland and Italy in a series of 30 concerts dedicated to the memory of her compatriot pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti on his 100 aniversary. The concerts received highest praise in the international press.

 

In June 2017 Luiza was awarded the Paul Harris Honorary Medal of The Rotary Club in Cuxhaven in recognition for her dedication to the humanitary cause End Polio Now.

LUIZA BORAC Pianist
BBC Music Magazine Classical Award

Passion, sensitivity and amazing technical control are the words that sum up Luiza Borac’ s performance

BBC Music Awards

Impressive debut, stunningly played New York Concert Review

Formidable Interpreter San Francisco Chronicle

Spectacularly played and recorded Los Angeles Times

Wer den beiden klassischen Zwölferzyklen Chopins noch frische Akzente abgewinnen kann, darf sich zur Pianisten-Elite rechnen

Der Spiegel
Luiza Borac schafft ein außergewöhnliches Gefühl der Identifikation mit der Musik, eine Offenbarung Hi-Fi Impressive mastery, pianist of enviable professionalism Gramophone, Bryce Morrison
Mit ihrer neuen CD löst Luiza Borac die Eintrittskarte für den Klavierolymp Radio Bremen

Winner of the BBC Award 2007 for the best solo CD recording of the year, and of more than 30 top prizes and distinctions, Luiza Borac has gained international recognition through her dazzling stage presence, her passionate interpretations and her sovereign technique.

Hailed as “a virtuoso of fantastic brilliance” and "poetic artist" (Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung) by the international press, Luiza held a scholarship of the Chopin Society Hannover to complete her studies at the Hannover Music Academy, graduating both in Hannover and Bucharest with highest degrees. She has completed he studies at the Juillard School of Music New York and Como International Piano Foundation (Artistic Director Martha Argerich).

Luiza Borac performed extensively in Europe and USA where her concerts were broadcasted by major radio/TV stations. She performed solo recitals at the Carnegie Weill Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Steinway Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Athenaeum Bucharest, Puccini Hall Milan, Radio Hall Hamburg, Konserthus Stockholm, Liederhalle Stuttgart and appeared in festivals including Aldeburgh Music Festival of Music and the Arts, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Oslo Grieg, Prokofiev at the Barbican Centre London, Enescu Bucharest, Chopin Festivals in Vienna and Milan, Bohemian Music Festival. She has performed as soloist with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Nations, Bucharest and Cologne Radio Orchestras, Utah Symphony Orchestra and has worked with artists like Vladimir Jurowski, Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu among others.

She has recorded for many Radio, TV and CD productions around Europe and the USA. Her recording repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Kreisler-Rachmaninoff, Franck, Enescu, Lipatti und Janacek. With AVIE Records Luiza has worked for more than 10 years and recorded 6 Albums.

Luiza Borac caused a critical stir as she was called at short notice to replace indisposed Sviatoslav Richter during 1991 Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival. That same year she was a prize-winner of the Enescu International Piano Festival and was awarded the Romanian Critics Prize with the distinction “Young Artist of the Year”.
She won First prizes at the 1997 Viotti-Valsesia(Italy) and Mendelssohn(Germany) International Piano Competitions as well as the Silver Medal of Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City 1998, the 1st Prize and Prix d’Oslo, Grieg Prize and Audience Prize of Grieg International Piano Competition Oslo 2002, as well as the East & West International Prize 2001 for a New York Debut Recital at Carnegie Hall, which received a rave review in the New York Concert Reviews (Harris Goldsmith).

Luiza has spectacularly raised international awareness of her great compatriot GEORGE ENESCU. Her 2003 recording of George Enescu’s Three Piano Suites for AVIE Records was highly acclaimed throughout the world not only for her wonderfully idiomatic performances - “excellent playing” (Gramophone) “formidable interpreter” (San Francisco Chronicle), “best performance” (BBC Music Magazine) - but also for the truthful quality of the recorded sound. For the german leading music magazine Fono Forum the recording was the “Star of the Month” in December 2003 and a hybrid-SACD version was subsequently released about which What Hi-Fi magazine UK said - “Luiza Borac’s take on Enescu’s Piano Suites is a testing mix of rapid-fire notes, an uncluttered acoustic and moments of breathtaking subtlety.”

Her next CD recording for Avie – WANDERER - with works by Schubert and Liszt released in 2005 was described as “impressive mastery”, “player of much imagination and integrity” by the Gramophone (Bryce Morrison), "mercurial readings and prismatic colours’ by the American Fanfare (Peter Rabinowitz).

With her next Album for AVIE, Double CD set George ENESCU Vol. 2, Luiza Borac completed the recording of the piano works by George Enescu, a World Premiere Project. The CD “spectacularly played and recorded” (Los Angeles Times) was featured as Cover Story for the American CD magazine Fanfare and received a special interview Feature in the German leading magazine Fono Forum.

The Album went on to win the BBC Music Award 2007 for the best instrumental CD of the year with more than 40 000 public votes. In the Laudatio of the BBC Award the Jury wrote: “With this set Luiza Borac illuminates some extraordinary, richly inventive piano music with subtle but absolute mastery. This is a set to place Enescu among great composers, superbly, idiomatically played, vehemently recommended” (BBC Music Magazine) and "Borac's only substantial rival is Dinu Lipatti in the 3rd Sonata" (Gramophone).

In the same year Luiza Borac received Romania’s leading music magazine Music News Award for her promotion of the Romanian music on the international stage and was invited to perform a complete Enescu recital during the Enescu International Festival in Bucharest in September 2007. The Recital was broadcast Live on Romanian Radio and TV and was featured in a Celebrities Portrait Series, produced by the Romanian TV Cultural.

In July 2009 a new Album of Luiza Borac was launched, featuring the 24 Etudes and the Polish Songs by CHOPIN, which received a 4 star review in The Times for the "subtlety of touch and phrasing, ...recording of caressing depth" as well as excellent reviews worldwide - "..easily the best vesions of those currently available...grace, radiant tone" (Gramophone), "one of the most consistantly admirable accounts among current complete editions" (International Record Review). For Luiza, this recital has musical as well as personal significance as it pays tribute to her long-time supporter and producer, the late John Barnes, with whom she has worked together for over 15 years and who was for many years Glyndebourne's recording producer.

Also in 2009 Luiza Borac performed the World Premiere of the recently discovered composition “Ahnung” (Intuition) by Robert Schuman, originally featured in the Kinderscenen op. 15 – the first unknown work by Schumann that has been discovered since the early 20th century. The event has been featured by all major german press publications -‘a sensational discovery’ (Die Welt). In 2010 Ms. Borac premiered Schumann’s “Ahnung” for North America in Los Angeles Bing Theater broadcast by Sundays Live! and for South America in Monterrey Teatro San Pedro, broadcast on TV.

Ms. Borac has served as a jury member and adjudicator of major international piano competitions such as the Gina Bachauer Junior Piano Competition, the International Piano Competitions "Ennio Porrino" of Cagliari and 'Città di Bari' Italy. 2009 she has been featured in Gina Bachauer’s Festival Programm ‘Music-In-Our-Schools” where she played and talked about music for around 3.000 children. In the same year Luiza performed in a series of charity concerts dedicated to the MENORAH Project for the Jewish victims of Schaumburg-Lippe in North Germany.

Luiza Borac has worked closely with several internationally renowned charitable foundations, including the Bachauer Foundation’s ‘Music In Our Schools’ project, the MENORAH Project for the Jewish victims of Schaumburg-Lippe in North Germany, and a Romanian charity that supports orphans and street children in her home country. In November 2011 she became Ambassadrice de la Cité épiscopale of the UNESCO city of Albi, France, where she was awarded the Médaille d’Honneur for her dedication to Polio Plus, the largest global project of Rotary International for the worldwide eradication of polio.

On her double Disc Album released in 2013, Luiza performs Piano Music of Dinu Lipatti, together with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The recording which features a number of World Premieres was awarded 5 Stars by the BBC Music Magazine, Best CD of 2 Months and 18 Stars (max.) by the german leading magazine Piano News, Outstanding in the International Record Review, Album of the Week on Sinfini and Artsjournal and was extensively reviewed by Der Spiegel, WDR, Musicweb, Audiophile Audition, Irish Times and Pizzicato among others. 

 

 

 

 

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