Cristian Budu plays Chopin and Beethoven | Claves 501602

Cristian Budu plays Chopin and Beethoven


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Label: Claves

Cat No: 501602

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental



Brazilian of Romanian origin (his parents fled Romania during the dictatorship), Cristian Budu combines Brazil’s new and joyful spirit with the mystical depth of his country of origin. Born into a family of Romanian nobility (although his mother relinquished her title as Princess…), Cristian Budu is the epitome of a generation of musicians sensitive to sharing and to the democratization of music, particularly through his convivial project of 'music at home' (

In 2013, he half-heartedly entered his first competition (barely a few months before reaching the age limit) and, to his great surprise, won it. Now a Clara Haskil Prize Winner, he has joined the very elite club of Romanian pianists who mix fervour, modesty and selflessness.

He signs herewith his first studio recording, in the legendary Salle de Musique in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), around Beethoven and Chopin.


Listening to his impressive new recording, it’s easy to understand why Cristian Budu won the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey three years ago this September. A Brazilian of Romanian descent who studied at the University of Săo Paulo and the New England Conservatory, Budu is a stunningly original pianist with musical insight and maturity that could inspire envy in colleagues twice his age. He has the sort of hands that used to be called ‘velvet paws’, which are seemingly incapable of making an ugly sound at the instrument. ... Recently it seems as if the tap were left running and we’re suddenly knee-deep in Chopin Preludes. Of those I’ve heard, including the sets by Goerner, Cho, Yundi and Sokolov, Budu’s are the most enduringly satisfying. Bolstered by a vital and intelligent Beethoven, they strongly suggest that Cristian Budu is an artist we’ll be eager to hear more of – the sooner the better.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone July 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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