Highway 89 - Season 11, Episode 5
- Jan 30, 2021 3:00 pm
- 56:34 mins
Anton Nel enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Following an auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions while still in his teens, toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality. As recitalist he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection in New York, at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Eager to pursue dual careers in teaching and performing he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in his early twenties, followed by professorships at the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan, where he was chairman of the piano department. In September 2000, Anton Nel was appointed as the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Piano and Chamber music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches an international class of students and now heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. For the past two years he has been presenting a series of masterclasses in piano and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York as Visiting Professor, and also teaches regularly at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. He is a Steinway artist. Repertoire: HANDEL Air and Variations from Suite No. 5 "Harmonious Blacksmith"; DEBUSSY Suite Bergamasque (Prelude, Menuet, Clair de lune, Passepied); SCHUMANN Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26, Mvt. 1 "Allegro"; SIBELIUS Romance in D-Flat, Op. 24, No. 9; BEETHOVEN Sonata in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein", Mvt. 1 - Allegro con brio.