Pianist Radu Lupu has been awarded by Queen Elizabeth with the title of ” British Empire Comandor” for his contribution to classical music.
Radu Lupu was awarded on New Years Eve, but the award will be handed to him in 2016.
Among other celebrities that were awarded by the Queen were actors Idris Elba, Imelda Staunton, Barbara Windsor, Sian Philips, James Nesbitt and singer Damon Albarn.
Individuals who win the awards are nominated by the public and the government. These awards are an official recognition for outstanding individuals that contributed to the community.
Radu Lupu is a well known international pianist, born in Galati, on 30th November, 1945. He started studying at the age of 6 and at 12 he has already created his own composition. The pianist followed the Popular Art School in Brasov and in 1961 went to Moscow conservatory for a scholarship where he has studied for 2 years with Galina Eghiazarova, Heinrich Neuhas and Stanislav Neuhaus.
Radu Lupu has had concerts in Moscow, Leningrad and won several competitions such as the Van Cliburn, Texas, George Enescu international festival in 1967, and the International piano competition in Leeds in 1969. Radu Lupu has played with the most important orchestras of the world: The Cleveland orchestra, The Simphonic orchestra of Chicago and the Filarmonic orchestra of New York.