Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach
Fantasia for piano in C major, H. 284 Wq 59/6
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2
Quasi una fantasia or "Moonlight"
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major for piano, Op. 61
Fantasie for piano in C major, Op. 17
Young Brazilian of Romanian origin, Cristian Budu is an outstanding pianist of his generation. A passionate communicator owner of remarkable artistry, his colorful playing and sensitive pianism have achieved international recognition. At early age he was awarded first prizes in multiple national contests including the Nelson Freire Competition and the Preludio Competition of Cultura TV. In 2013, in Switzerland, he became the first brazilian to win one of the most important and prestigious piano competitions in the world, the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, in its 50th anniversary. As a distinguished piano competition, the Clara Haskil is based on the artistic values of its namesake - that is, musicality, sensitivity, humility, constant questioning, perpetual seeking for excellence, listening to partners and respect for the composer - and awards just one winner by edition, sometimes none at all. Beside the Grand Prize, Cristian was also awarded the Audience Prize and the Children’s Corner prize. The critique considered this deed as the most important award on the part of a Brazilian pianist over the last 20 years, and this also granted him the 2013 Prize of the Year of the “Concerto” magazine (Brazil), in the Young Talent category.
Cristian already appeared as a soloist with Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestre de la Suisse Romande, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Minas Gerais Philarmonic Orchestra, Petrobras Symphony Orchestra, Parana Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra ‘Experimental de Repertório’, Sergipe Symphony Orchestra, São Caetano do Sul Philarmonic Orchestra. In the United States, he had solo performances in Jordan Hall, at the Rockport Music Festival, at the Harvard Musical Association, at the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, at the Bay Chamber Concerts series, at the Music at the Norway Pond series, and played chamber music recitals in Massachusetts, New York, California, Maine, and several other states.