Anton Nel is a Steinway artist. Plain and simple.
But with a curriculum vitae longer than the eighty-eight keys of which he is Master, “plain and simple” just doesn’t strike the right tone. The Johannesburg native is returning for his first solo recital in Dell Hall since 2013, and as Austin’s favorite classical pianist and a true world-class artist, the excitement couldn’t be higher.
Winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegiae Hall—one of the most prestigious competitions for pianists, organized in New York City since 1926—this artist means serious artistic business. And he’d have to, considering the fact that he’s also the head of the Division of Keyboard Studies at The University of Texas at Austin—another place of serious business. What starts here. . .
Anton Nel has performed anywhere and everywhere—North and South America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, you name it—as well as four decades of concertizing in the US with noted symphonies of Cleveland, Chicago, and Seattle, among others. This talent, who the New York Times as called “…an uncommonly elegant pianist,” is also a common guest with our own Austin Symphony Orchestra.
An acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Nel has showcased the composer’s concerto cycle, complete cycles of violin and cello works, and has presented several all-Beethoven solo recitals. Chosen to present the North American premiere of a newly-discovered work of Felix Mendelssohn’s, and world premieres of two noted living composers, David Del Tredici (Lincoln Center, 1988) and Stephen Paulus (New York, 2003), Anton Nel is truly “…a pianistic aristocrat and a charmer,” (Musical America).
With a program boasting Debussy (Suite Bergamasque), Chopin and, of course, Beethoven, this will be a night of epic musical and tonal proportions.
And now for an intimate look inside Anton Nel’s UT Austin studio—featuring Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ Romance.
Join us in welcoming pianistic powerhouse, Anton Nel, back to the Dell Hall stage, January 29th!