Austin boasts an incredibly rich and diverse music culture that embraces its local talent. One such local celebrity, Anton Nel, will be giving his only solo piano performance of the season, Anton Nel: All Beethoven, at the Long Center this Sunday, April 14, at 3:00pm.
In a program consisting entirely of Beethoven, Anton Nel will once again shine on the stage of Dell Hall this Sunday. However, performing is just one part of Anton’s busy life. He also spends his time as Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music. While most Austinites involved in the local classical music scene are familiar with Anton’s brilliant performing, they may know less about his work as a professor. We caught up with one of his students at the University of Texas to tell us a little bit about what it’s like to study with Professor Anton Nel.
Nicholas Reynolds is a second-year doctoral student in piano performance at the Butler School of Music. For any music performance major, finding the right teacher is the most important factor in choosing a graduate school. Nicholas was looking for a teacher that would not only mentor him as a pianist but would also treat him well as a person; Anton was immediately that person. From the moment they met, “he was very warm, and always eager to meet to talk about music and life.”
Nicholas told us just how much Anton cares about his students, and how much it shows. Anton tailors his teaching methods to each of his students in an effort to bring out the unique artist in each one. He allows them to discover their own artistic and musical choices rather than imposing all his own musical ideas on them. Because of this, the studio is musically diverse, with each pianist in his studio possessing a unique style and sound.
In the year and a half that he has been studying with Anton, Nicholas has learned an incredible amount. He admitted that, although it can be daunting at times to work with such an incredible pianist, it is also very rewarding. Nicholas told us that “nothing escapes his ears, but he knows when to be detailed and when to look at the bigger picture in order to best help his students succeed.”
Austin’s celebrated piano virtuoso Anton Nel not only shares his passion for music through his own performing but also through his teaching. Don’t miss this incredible musician in his only solo engagement of the season, Anton Nel: All Beethoven, on Sunday, April 14, 2013 in Dell Hall.
–Mari Stoner, Long Center Marketing Intern