"A magnetic mix of power and poetry." —The Herald (Glasgow) on Nicholas Angelich
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra,
A Little Night Music: Nicholas Angelich
Born in the United States in 1970, Nicholas Angelich began studying the piano at age five with his mother. At the age of seven, he gave his first concert with Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467. At age 13, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Aldo Ciccolini, Yvonne Loriod, Michel Beroff, and Marie‑Françoise Bucquet. He won the First Prize for piano and chamber music.
Mr. Angelich has taken master classes with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Maria João Pires. In 1989, he won the Second Prize of the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland and, in 1994, the First Prize of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. In 1996, he was invited as a resident of the Fondazione Internazionale per il pianoforte in Cadennabia, Italy. In 2002, he received the Young Talent Award from Leon Fleischer at Germany’s Klavier-Festival Ruhr, where he also performed in June 2003.
Mr. Angelich made his debut with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur at Lincoln Center in May 2003. Vladimir Jurowski invited him to open the 2007–08 season of the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow. He has also performed with the Orchestre National de France under Marc Minkowski and Joseph Pons, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Paavo Järvi, Orchestre national de Lyon under David Robertson, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under Jesús López-Cobos and Kenneth Montgomery, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Dmitriev, Strasbourg and Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestras under Jerzy Semkow, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Jaap van Zweden in Amsterdam and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in San Sebastian, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under Christian Zacharias, SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden under Michael Gielen, Frankfort Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hugh Wolff and Paavo Järvi, Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, Tonkünstler Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-whun Chung, and London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kazushi Ono and Vladimir Jurowski. He has given recitals in London, Munich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Rome, Lisbon, Brescia, Tokyo, and Paris. He is a regular guest of the Verbier Festival and the Project Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival.
Recent engagements include concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Emmanuel Krivine, Seoul Philharmonic and Myung-whun Chung, and Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington; a tour with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski; and chamber music in North America with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon (New York, San Francisco, Québec, Montréal, and Ottawa). He makes his debut at the BBC Proms in July 2009 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
A great interpreter of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Mr. Angelich has played Beethoven sonatas and Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage around the world. He is also very interested in 20th-century music, such as Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Bartók, and Ravel, as well as Messiaen, Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Eric Tanguy, and Pierre Henry, who dedicated to him the Concerto without Orchestra.
Always enthusiastic about playing chamber music, his partners include Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Maxim Vengerov, Akiko Suwanai, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin, Gérard Caussé, Alexander Kniazev, Jian Wang, and Paul Meyer, as well as the Ysaÿe, Prazak, and Ebène string quartets.
Mr. Angelich’s extensive discography includes a Rachmaninoff recital (Harmonia Mundi), a Ravel recital (Lyrinx), Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage (Mirare; awarded a Choc in Monde de la Musique and Recommandé by Classica Répertoire), and a Beethoven recital (Op. 26, “Waldstein,” and Op. 111). For Virgin Classics, he has recorded a Brahms cycle of trios with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and sonatas for violin and piano with Renaud Capuçon (awarded a Diapason d’Or and Choc in Monde de la Musique, as well as named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and Exceptional by Scherzo), as well as two Brahms recitals, released in February 2006 (Choc in Monde de la Musique) and January 2007 (Choc in Monde de la Musique and a BBC Music Choice). His most recent releases are a Beethoven recital with Akiko Suwanai (Decca) and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with Paavo Järvi and Frankfort Radio Orchestra (Virgin Classics).