pianist & conductor



Photo: Simon Woolf


Eugene Albulescu is an award-winning performer and conductor who has guest conducted, recorded, and appeared as piano soloist with numerous international orchestras, including the Romanian National Philharmonic, New York Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, and the French Chamber Orchestra.  As a pianist, he has been praised for his blazing technique with the artistic integrity and originality to express musical emotions at their most personal level.

Mr. Abulescu, who holds the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair in Orchestral Studies, was appointed Music Director of the Lehigh University Philharmonic in 2007. Most recently he released a recording of Jenny McLeod’s “Rock Concerto” with the New Zealand Symphony on the Naxos label. He started his piano studies in Romania at the age of six, at the Enescu Music School in Bucharest. His family moved to New Zealand in 1984 to escape Romania’s Communist regime.

Mr. Albulescu completed his musical studies at Indiana University where, at nineteen, he was the youngest person ever to reach the level of assistant instructor. He was recognized early on when his debut CD (Albulescu Plays Liszt, MANU1446) was awarded the 1994 Grand Prix du Disque for the best Liszt recording of the year.  This added Albulescu’s name to that of renowned recipients such as Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, Alfred Brendel, and Vladimir Horowitz. Of that recording the late critic Harold Schoenberg wrote Albulescu has “infallible fingers of steel,” declaring that “nothing, anywhere, has any terrors for him.” Since then, Mr. Albulescu has performed worldwide, including concerts at the White House as part of the Millennium celebrations, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, Bargemusic in New York, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Purely Piano series in Auckland, New Zealand, the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as the International Liszt Festival of the American Liszt Society.