Luiza Borac


BBC Music Magazine Classical Award

Passion, sensitivity and amazing technical control are the words that sum up Luiza Borac' s performanceBBC Music Awards

Impressive debut, stunningly played New York Concert Review

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

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 her studies at the Juillard School of Music New York and the International Piano Academy Como. 

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, LACMA and Bing Theater Los Angeles, Abravanel Hall and Rose Wagner-Center in Salt Lake City, BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" London, Steinway Hall New York and London, 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.

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 7 Albums.

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 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 Album - a World Premiere - 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 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). 

Same year she was featured in Gina Bachauer's Festival Programm 'Music-In-Our-Schools" where she played and talked about music for around 3.000 children. 2009 Luiza performed in a series of charity concerts dedicated to the MENORAH Project for the Jewish victims of Schaumburg-Lippe in North Germany.

In November 2011 Luiza Borac 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 latest recording, a double Disc Album released in 2013, Luiza performs Piano Music by the legendary pianist and composer 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 3 x 6 Stars (max.) by the german leading magazine Piano News.
Luiza Borac has captured international accolades for her committed performances of the music of fellow Romanians George Enescu and Dinu Lipatti (on her Album accompanied by the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields) , as well as the prowess of her research and programming. On Chants nostalgiques she comes up trumps again, with an ingenious track list of treasured songs transcribed for piano that includes numerous premieres. The title track is a first recording of a group of three songs composed by the legendary Romanian conductor Constantin Silvestri. There are Liszt arrangements of some of Schubert's most classic lieder – including Gretchen am Spinnrade, Erlkönig and Ave Maria – Rachmaninov's take on Kreisler's famous Liebesleid and Liebesfreud, and Luiza's own transcription of Tárrega's timeless guitar solo Requerdos de la Alhambra, the first ever version recorded with piano. An enticing bonus is the inclusion of previously unreleased historical recordings by the great Romanian tenor Ion Buzea, supplemented with Luiza's modern piano thanks to present-day technology. (Avie)

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Rasende Läufe, waghalsige Sprünge und absurde Akkorde
2016-03-04 Rhein-Lahn Zeitung,
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Rasende Läufe, waghalsige Sprünge und absurde Akkorde

Bad Ems. Luiza Borac gewann rund 30 Wettbewerbe und erhielt 2007 den BBC Music Award für die Ersteinspielung der Klavierwerke von George Enescu.
Mit dem Titel 'Musik ist ein Zauber' erinnert sie an die 2014 im Alter von 110 Jahren verstorbene Pianistin Alice Herz-Sommer, deren Leben der mit dem Oscar ausgezeichnete Kurzfilm 'the Lady in Number 6' dokumentiert. Borac besuchte die Pianistin, um Inspirationen für ihre Interpretation der Chopin-Etüden zu erhalten. Diese und die Worte 'Die Musik ist ein Zauber' hatten Alice Herz-Sommer über schwere Schicksalsschläge, vor allem ihre Jahre im KZ Theresienstadt, hinweggeholfen.

'Das ist unglaublich schön' schwärmte Luiza Borac vom Ort ihres Konzerts, wo einst Liszt, Clara Schumann und Offenbach auftraten. Liszt 'Études d'exécution transcendante' spielte sie mit einer Wärme und Noblesse, dank derer man das Stück für große Musik anstatt für Exerzierübungen halten konnte. Sie transzendieren die virtuose Etüdentradition vor Liszt, um die Virtuosität in den musikalischen Ausdruck einzubinden.
Die Klavierkünstlerin Borac konnte alle Facetten ihrer brillanten Klaviertechnik ins rechte Licht rücken: rasende Läufe, absurde Akkord-Ketten, waghalsige Sprünge - alles präsentierte sie mit der gleichen staunenswerten Meisterschaft. Das Vordergründige in Liszt wird bei ihr unerheblich, weil sie es ernst nimmt. Keine Note, keine Figuration bleibt dahingestreut, alles bekommt Gewicht und seinen Platz
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Rarities of Piano Music at Schloß vor Husum
2015-10-29 Musicweb, London
"Franz Liszt's transcription (1846) of Franz Schubert's lieder 'Das Sterbeglöcklein' (also known as Das Zügenglöcklein) is a lovely, if melancholy and compassionate, reflection on the human response to death represented by a technically complex tolling of a bell counter-poising the original song melody. Schubert's song, a setting of words by Johann Gabriel Seidl was published in 1827, the year before the composer's death. Luiza Borac plays this little gem to perfection."
(John France)
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International Piano
2015-03-01 5 points Review, London
""idiomatic playing of highest virtuosity""
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Chants nostalgiques - CD Luiza Borac
2015-01-01 Fanfare Magazine/USA,
""Strongest recommendation
Superb sound, excellent notes, and cover photo of Borac that radiates nostalgia. You might expect a disc devoted to nostalgia to be uniform in spirit; but while Luiza Borac's remarkable new collection certainly favors a kind of emotional reticence, the recital as a whole is dizzying in its stylistic and expressive richness. In part, that's because Borac has incorporated a number of different kinds of nostalgia.
But the richness of this disc comes even more from the performances than from the basic conception. I've been enthusiastic about all of Borac's recordings I've reviewed (Enescu, Fanfare 27:3, 28:3, 29:4; Schubert and Liszt, 29:2) - but this is better still. From the tonally plush and rhythmically flexible way she caresses Alt Wien, you know that this is going to be a disc of refined sensuality; but her romantic side is balanced by - or better yet, intertwined with - a sharp intellectual discernment (listen, for instance, to the way she clarifies the most complex superimpositions in Liebesfreud). As always, too, she acutely traces the music's shifts in emotional terrain, whether they be gradual or sudden; and if you want an example of extreme virtuosity without the slightest hint of self-aggrandizement, listen to the repeated notes on the Tàrrega. Borac's performance of the Schubert-Liszt selections, full of urgency without a trace of recklessness, sound doubly sensitive heard next to the intemperate performances of the overlapping collection by Lazar Berman just issued by Decca Eloquence."
(Peter Rabinowitz)
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 Piano News,
"Dauerhaften Wert haben die virtuosen Paraphrasen....deren Rachmaninow-Transkriptionen Luiza Borac elegant stilisiert hat. Auch die Liszt-Bearbeitungen von Schubert-Liszt gelingen ihr perfekt, und die Hommage an den Tenor Ion Buzea ist sehr willkommen."
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Chants nostalgiques Review
2014-09-16 Pianist Magazine, London
"Luiza Borac is one of the finest Romanian pianists today and her previous releases have all gained critical acclaim. I enjoyed her Dinu Lipatti CD, and the Enescu recordings are worth seeking out. With this disc of transcriptions and original works by pianist-composers, she faces stiff competition from a myriad of other pianists who have fallen in love with Liszt's arrangements of Schubert's songs. A singing tone, well-judged tempos and fine pedalling put Borac high on the list of Liszt players, and her recording of the Silvestri pieces invites repeated listening. The thread of her solo recital is broken by several pieces featuring the heartbreakingly beautiful tenor of Ion Buzea. Unusually, Borac delivers a short piano introduction and afterthought to the original recordings – an experiment I have not heard before, but it is fairly convincing. However, it's Borac's playing of the Liszt pieces that is the main attraction here."
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Outstanding Luiza Borac, in Two Unmissable Recitals
"Outstanding Luiza Borac, in Two Unmissable Recitals 26 - 27/06/2014 @ Steinway Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square

Described by Classical Piano as 'reminding of nothing less than great Martha Argerich as she took the audience by storm', internationally acclaimed Romanian pianist Luiza Borac is back in London for a series of musical treats. She will be performing at the Steinway Hall on the evening of June 26 and the next day, on June 27, will feature as the 'pianist of the month' at St Martin-in-the-Fields, in a concert series celebrating 65 years of the venerable church's musical programme. The playlist includes George Enescu, Franz Schubert, Leopold Godowski and  Friedrich Kreisler.


'Luiza Borac has brilliantly raised international awareness of the piano works of her country's musical hero George Enescu' -  BBC Music Magazine


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 stage presence, passionate interpretations and sovereign technique. Luiza held a scholarship of the Chopin Society Hannover for her studies at the Hannover Music Academy and completed her musical education at the Juillard School of Music in New York and at Como International Piano Foundation. The artist performed extensively in Europe and USA where her concerts were broadcasted by major radio/TV stations. She performed solo recitals in venues such as the Carnegie Weill Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Athenaeum Bucharest or Puccini Hall Milan, and appeared in festivals including Oslo Grieg, Prokofiev at the Barbican Centre London, Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Chopin Festivals in Vienna and Milan. She has performed as soloist with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Nations, Bucharest and Cologne Radio Orchestras, Utah Symphon"

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 Dinu Lipatti Piano Music - Luiza Borac and Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Jaime Martin,

5 Stars performance BBC Music Magazine

Outstanding in the International Record Review

Best CD of 2 Months, 18 stars in the Piano News

Portrait feat. in Der Spiegel & WDR

Album of the Week on Sinfini & Artsjournal

Irish Times, Gramophone, Diapason, Musicweb, Audiophile 




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 New York Times,

Piano Music by Dinu Lipatti

Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Jaime Martin

 "This two-disc set of solo and orchestral works, played with commitment by the pianist Luiza Borac, offers an intriguing traversal of his (Lipatti) compositional aesthetic and influences."

New York Times, 26th February 2014

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Chopin 24 Etudes & Polish Songs (trans. Liszt)
2009-09-25 klassik-heute,

Eine Einspielung mit persönlichem Hintergrund: Luiza Borac widmet ihre Chopin und Chopin/Liszt-Interpretationen dem seit den frühen 60er Jahren in und von Glyndebourne aus wirkenden John Barnes.Der zu Recht viel gerühmte, in der Kollegenschaft, bei Künstlern ungemein beliebte Mann war verantwortlich für Schallplatteneinspielungen, hatte eine Spürsinn für junge Talente – kurzum: er stand mit beiden Beinen in einer Musikwelt, die er zum Besten formen wollte – und dies auch noch, als er schon von Krankheit gezeichnet war.Die hier vorliegende Aufnahme mit der rumänischen Pianistin Luiza Borac ist die letzte „Produktions"-Initiative John Barnes' – veröffentlicht unter den Label-Fittichen von Avie Records, nicht anders als ihre beiden nahezu konkurrenzlosen Enescu-Projekte mit den drei Klavier-Suiten und den beiden Klaviersonaten.Luiza Borac zeigt Sinn für diese Mehrfachfunktion der nach-kompositorischen Beflissenheit, zeigt geschmeidige Technik, zeigt Empfinden für die melancholischen und festlichen Vorkommnisse dieser Lied-Pianisierungen, beherrscht in den figurativen Tastenerkundungen, mit Geschmack im Bereich der melodischen Grundierung. Hier ist sie etwa ihrem britischen Kollegen Geoffrey Tozer überlegen (einem Vertreter eher unscheinbarer Emotionalität und tendenziell bürokratischen Klavierspiels), und sie bewegt sich auch deutlich auf hellerem Terrain als Claudio Arrau, der in seiner Philips-Einspielung diese Chopin/Liszt-Verschwisterungen mit schweren Seufzern in die Nähe der Brahmschen Spätlyrik zu rücken wagt. Mit den 24 Etüden Frédéric Chopins stellt sich Luiza Borac einer reichlich dreistelligen Medien-Konkurrenz.Borac nun vermittelt die beiden Sammlungen op. 10 und op. 25 mit wärmerem Ton als Maurizio Pollini, dabei nicht ganz so strahlend in den Spitzentönen op. 10,1, aber mit genügend dynamichen Abstufungen i"

(Peter Cossé)
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