Nicholas Angelich is a regular guest at the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano and Verbier Festival. His solo and chamber music recordings have been lauded by the largest and most prestigious classical music media in Europe – Angelich has received the Monde de la Musique magazine Choc and Diapason d’Or awards, as well as the German Record Critics’ Award. His CDs have been featured by the editor of Gramophone and selected as the BBC Music Magazine recordings of the month.
Critics consider Angelich one of the top contemporary interpreters of Brahms. An esteemed interpreter of classical and romantic compositions, Angelich is also interested in contemporary repertoire – from Prokofiev, Bartók, Shostakovich, to Messiaen, Boulez, and Stockhausen. Pierre Henry dedicated his Concerto for Piano without Orchestra to Angelich.
Having earned accolades in international competitions and more extensive international recognition, Angelich was invited to become the artist-in-residence in the International Piano Foundation of Cadennabia. The pianist made his debut with the New York Philharmonic and Kurt
Masur at the Lincoln Center. He soon received an invitation from Vladimir Jurowski to perform at the concert season opening of the Russian National Orchestra. Angelich has collaborated with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic SO, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Stuttgart Radio SO, Pittsburgh SO, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and many others. He has worked with such conductors as Paavo Järvi, Roger Norrington, Alexander Dmitriev, Valery Gergiev, Marc Minkowski, Hugh Wolff, and Daniel Harding, among others.
An active chamber musician, Angelich has teamed up with Renaud Capuçon, Maxim Vengerov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Joshua Bell, Gérard Caussé, and others. His most significant recordings include performances of Brahms, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff; Liszt’s Years of Pilgrimage; Brahms’s piano trio series, sonatas for piano and violin with Renaud Capuçon; Brahms’s Piano Concerto no. 1 and no. 2 with Paavo Järvi and Frankfurt Radio Symphony. Angelich’s albums have been released by record companies Harmonia Mundi, Lyrinx, Erato, Mirare, and Decca.
Angelich was born in the USA and received excellent education in France. He started learning to play the piano with his mother at the age of five. He enrolled in the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of thirteen, studying with Aldo Ciccolini and Yvonne Loriod. Angelich has furthered his skills with Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, and Maria João Pires.
Nicholas Angelich performed Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the LNSO and Andris Poga in Riga in 2015; he also played the solo in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 in 2018.