Radu Lupu's self-imposed exile from London is at an end. An occasional visitor at best recently, the Howard Hughes of the piano is set to become its Lindsay Lohan as he schedules a massive three - yes three - concerts in London this year.
On 1 October, he performs Mozart's great Piano Concerto No 20 with Sir Colin Davis and the LSO at the Barbican. A repeat of the concert on 4 October is a sign that it may be recorded for the LSO Live record label - and that would be another scarce occurrence.
His transcendental grace and poetry are rare and precious, and his London performances in 2007 and 2008 were ecstatically-received and near-impossible to get tickets for, so early booking would be smart.