Nicholas Angelis: You have to play what you love – two

  • Nicholas English (1970-2022) was a prominent American pianist specializing in classical and romantic music.
  • The musician was a guest among others at the “Chopin and Europe” festival.
  • He passed away on April 18, 2022 at the age of 51.

13 years old student

Born in the USA, he sang for the first time with an orchestra at the age of seven, and at the age of thirteen he became a student at the National Superior Conservatory in Paris. He has won numerous piano competitions, distinguished by outstanding recordings, and has given concerts with world-class orchestras, under the leadership of such conductors as Kurt Masur (with the New York Orchestra), Vladimir Yurovsky (with the Russian National Orchestra), Mark Minkowski (with the Orchestra). French National), Pavo Jarvi, Jesús Lopez Cobos, Yannick Nézette Sequin (with the European Chamber Orchestra), Charles Dutoit (with the Italian-Swiss Orchestra), Daniel Hedding and Sir Roger Norrington.

European descent and American lifestyle

In an interview with Róża Światczyńska, the artist spoke about his origins. – The surname comes from Montenegro, although my father was born in Belgrade and half of it was Serb. My mother is from Russia, but her father is a Romanian of Armenian descent. The mother was Slovak so it’s a good mix. My parents came to the United States in 1965 and spent many years there. He said they loved the American way of life, but remained very attached to Europe.

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Brahms appeals to everyone

The pianist also spoke about the importance of Brahms’ work to him. His personality is very complex. There is seriousness and wisdom in his music. But it wasn’t just about an amazing sense of musical construction and form building, which is amazing in itself. What he’s been able to do with it is simply amazing. He was able to compose various works, and he felt that they could appeal to anyone. I think sometimes young people can have a deep understanding of his music. It is not a question of whether you are young or old. He said you just have to give it a try, Rubinstein and many other people with long careers have always matured with age. Nicholas Angelich.

Chopin is important to the pianist and musician

The pianist also talked about the role of Chopin’s music in his life. – In my youth, I was more attracted to Chopin than to, say, Beethoven, Mozart, or other composers. As musicians age, we change and discover new things. After a while, I found out that I was playing more pieces by other composers. But it is very important to get back to the things you love so much. So I started playing some Chopin pieces again and included them in my shows. I think working on Chopin, even if I don’t play it in concert, is a very important thing for me as a pianist and musician – he said Nicholas Angelic.

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Concerts all over the world

He gave concerts in the most important halls, incl. In Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Rome and Tokyo. He was a regular guest of the festival in Verbier and also performed several times at the Progetto Martha Argerich festivals in Lugano; He gave two concerts at the “Chopin and Europe” festival. He has collaborated with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Gautier, Renaud Capuçons, Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Bell, as well as the Modigliani and Ebène quartets, and is a highly regarded musician.

The repertoire includes classics and 20th century music

The repertoire of Nicholas Angelich focused on classical and romantic literature, although the artist eagerly came up with the works of composers of the twentieth century – Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Bartok and Ravel, as well as Messian, Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez and Pierre Henri to whom he dedicated. private to Concerto for piano without orchestra.

The artist’s discography includes a display of Rachmaninoff’s work by Harmonia Mundi, the Brahms cycle by Erato: a trilogy with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon (awarded with Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and sonatas for violin and piano with Renaud Capuçon (Diapason d’Or de la Chocon), as well as Beethoven party with Akiko Suwanai for Decca.


I have spoken: Róża Światczyńska

a guest: Nicholas Angelis (pianist)

Date of issue: 2/05/2022

broadcast time: 20.10

The material was broadcast on the program “Filharmonia Dwójki”. The conversation was recorded during the “Chopin and Europe” festival.

Warsaw, August 29, 2013.


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