Winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies to name a few, as well as coast to coast recitals in major venues. Overseas he has appeared, among many others, at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and undertakes regular tours to South Africa. Last year he traveled to China for the first time to teach and perform at the Sichuan International Piano Festival in Chengdu. Much sought after as a chamber musician he regularly appears with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers at festivals on four continents.
He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin where he heads the Division of Keyboard Studies; he is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Manhattan School of Music and for the past three years has given masterclasses at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. During the summers he is on the artist-faculties at the Aspen Music Festival and School and at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival.
Mr. Nel is also an avid harpsichordist and fortepianist. His recordings include four solo CDs, several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven Piano and Cello Sonatas and Variations, and the Brahms Sonatas with Bion Tsang), and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, and Saint-Saens. His latest release features premiere recordings of all the works for piano and orchestra of Edward Burlingame Hill with the Austin Symphony conducted by Peter Bay.
The Johannesburg-born 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. His website is antonnel.com.