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Nicholas Angelich

About this Artist

Born in the United States in 1970, NICHOLAS ANGELICH began studying piano at the age of five. Two years later he played his first concert, performing Mozart’s Concerto K. 467. Angelich entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at 13, where he studied with Aldo Ciccolini, Yvonne Loriod, and Michel Béroff and won first prize for piano and chamber music. He also participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Maria João Pires, and was a resident of the International Piano Foundation of Cadennabia in Italy.

Angelich is a prizewinner of numerous piano competitions, including the International Piano Competition R. Casadesus in Cleveland and the International Piano Competition Gina Bachauer in Utah. In June 2003, he received the “International Klavierfestival Ruhr Young Talent Award” from Leon Fleisher. In his 2010/11 season Angelich makes his recital debut with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Concert and Lecture Series, and his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut under Stéphane Denève.

During his 2009/10 season Angelich performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, and made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut performing the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Angelich has performed with the Orchestre National de France under Marc Minkowski and Josep Pons; the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; the Orchestre National de Lyon under David Robertson; the Orchestre National de Bordeaux under Yutako Sado; the Orchestre National de Lille under Matthias Bamert; the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under Jesús López-Cobos and Kenneth Montgomery; the Orchestre de Liège and Saint-Petersbourg Symphony under Alexandre Dimitriev; the Strasbourg and Montpellier orchestras under Jerzy Semkow; the Toulouse Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under Christian Zacharias; the SWR Baden-Baden Orchestra under Michael Gielen; the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony under Hugh Wolff; the Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Järvi, Stéphane Denève, and Iván Fischer; and the Indianapolis Symphony under Jesús López-Cobos.

An impressive interpreter of the Classical and Romantic repertoire, Angelich has given many performances featuring the works of Beethoven and Liszt in Europe and North America, including France (La Roque d’Anthéron, Toulouse, Nantes), Germany (Klavierfestival Ruhr, Bayer Leverkusen), Italy (Brescia), Spain (Bilbao), Canada (La Lanaudière), and the United States (Washington, D.C.). He has also gained recognition for his interpretation of 20th-century music, including performances of works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Bartók, Ravel, Messiaen, Stockhausen, Boulez, Tanguy, and Pierre Henry, who dedicated his Concerto for Piano without Orchestra to Angelich.

Nicholas Angelich’s chamber collaborations include critically acclaimed performances with Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Joshua Bell, Gérard Caussé, Alexander Kniazev, Jian Wang, Paul Meyer, the Ysaÿe and Prazak Quartets, and Gautier and Renaud Capuçon. His recording of the Brahms Trios with the Capuçons for Virgin Classics was awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize. Angelich has also released recordings for harmonia mundi, Lyrinx, and Mirare, which feature works by Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff.

In May 2003, Nicholas Angelich made his debut with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur at Lincoln Center. In the 2007/08 season Vladimir Jurowski invited him to play with the Russian National Orchestra for their opening concert.

Recent engagements include concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, the Montreal Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, and a tour with the London Philharmonic. In July 2009 Angelich made his BBC Proms debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The pianist collaborated with Nézet-Séguin again in August 2009 at the Mostly Mozart Festival, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20.