Rudolf Buchbinder (born 1 December 1946 in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia ) is a Bohemian -Austrian concert pianist.
The age of five was a bookbinder youngest student at the Academy of Music in Vienna. He gave his first public concert at the age of nine. In 1958 he was admitted to the Vienna Conservatory in the master class of Bruno Seidlhofer, who was also Friedrich Gulda. In 1961 he won with the Viennese trio the first prize in a competition of the Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 1962 he received the Lipatti Medal. After that, Buchbinder operated primarily as a chamber musician. The violinist Josef Suk and cellist János Starker were his partner.
Since then, he has performed with all the major orchestras and conductors. Occasionally, he has conducted himself from the piano, such as concerts with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrücken. Throughout his career, he acquired an impressive repertoire that ranges from classical and romantic to works of the 20th century. So Buchbinder was responsible for the world premiere of works by Gottfried von Einem and Gerhard Westbahnhof ( Piano Concerto No. 2, 1984). He was known primarily as a Beethoven specialist. He has recorded more than 200 records. In 1976 he won the Grand Prix du Disque for the recording of the complete piano works of Joseph Haydn.
Since 2007, Buchbinder is also artistic director of the new Grafenegg Music Festival at Schloss Grafenegg (Lower Austria ).
2009, Buchbinder an appearance in the award- winning documentary of the two directors Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis PianoMania. The film was well received nationally and internationally, was celebrated at many festivals and included in the catalog of the Goethe -Institut.
In his spare time he works on literature and acts as an amateur painter.