Anton Nel, a Johannesburg native, made his debut at age twelve and was soon awarded first prizes in the major South African competitions. In 1982 he made his European debut and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand. He pursued master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Cincinnati, and in 1987 he won first prize in the Naumburg Competition. Mr. Nel made his SFS debut in 1994 and has performed many times under SFS auspices. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Seattle, and London. In 1992 he gave the North American premiere of the newly discovered Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 3, and in 2003 he premiered a piano concerto by Stephen Paulus that was written for him. Anton Nel heads the Division of Keyboard Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His CD releases include Anton Nel in Recital, the complete Beethoven sonatas and variations for piano and cello with Bion Tsang, and a recording of Fauré’s Ballade and Franck with the Philharmonia Virtuosi.