Anton Nel

Winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel tours internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. US highlights include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit symphonies, and recitals in major venues. He has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and in his home country of South Africa. He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas where he heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. Mr. Nel is currently visiting professor at the Manhattan School of Music and for the past three years has given masterclasses at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. He is also on the artist faculties at the Aspen Music Festival and School and at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. His recordings include four solo albums, several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven piano and cello sonatas and variations, and the Brahms sonatas with cellist Bion Tsang), and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and Edward Burlingame Hill. Born in Johannesburg, Mr. Nel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied with Adolph Hallis, and the University of Cincinnati where he worked with Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. He made his SFS debut in 1994 and has appeared several times since as soloist with the orchestra as well as nearly every season in the chamber music series at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. 

(February 2018)