Anton Nel Concert on March 29
Mar 25, 2015 02:00AM
Following an auspicious debut at the age of 12 with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions. While still in his teens, Mr. Nel toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality.
He made his European debut in France in 1982 and in the same year graduated with highest distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He came to the United States in 1983, attending the University of Cincinnati, where he pursued his Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees under Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. In addition to garnering many awards from his alma mater, he was a prizewinner at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition in England and won several first prizes at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition in Palm Desert in 1986.
Highlights of Mr. Nel’s nearly four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among many others. As a recitalist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection in New York; at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena; Davies Hall in San Francisco; and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Internationally, he has appeared in recitals at major concert halls in Canada, England (Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls in London), France, Holland (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam), Japan (Suntory Hall in Tokyo), Korea, and South Africa.
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