Nicholas Angelich, virtuoso pianist, dies aged 51

American pianist Nicholas Angelich, who has excelled in both romantic and contemporary repertoire, died on Monday at the age of 51, his agent announced on Tuesday April 19, sparking a shower of tributes around the world of classical music.

“American by birth but living in Paris, Nicholas suffered from a respiratory illness”explained the artistic agency Jacques Thelen in a press release, recalling that Nicholas Angelich has not been on stage since June 2021.

“Like your sound, you were radiant and tender at the same time (…) I will never play a Brahms note without being near you again.”French violinist Renaud Capuçon responded on Twitter, paying tribute to the memory of a “extraordinary pianist” and a “sensitive, loyal, generous friend”.

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Angelich was a great interpreter of the piano works by Beethoven, Brahms and Liszt, but also composers of the 20th centuryand Century, including Messiaen, Stockhausen, Boulez and Bruno Mantovani. He has performed with many renowned international orchestras under the direction of great conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur and Myung-whun Chung.

Above all, he had recorded the complete set on disc pilgrim years, by Liszt. His latest release dates from September 2018, a recording of Beethoven concertos 4 & 5 with the Insula Orchestra and conductor Laurence Equilbey.

At the Victoires de la Musique Classique, Nicholas Angelich was named instrumental soloist of the year in 2013 and 2019. Born in the USA in 1970, he gave his first concert at the age of 7 and joined the National Superior Conservatory of Paris.

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