REXBURG, Idaho- Pianist Anton Nel will perform in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series.
A native of South Africa, Nel won first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall. Now an American citizen, he came to the United States in 1983, attending the University of Cincinnati where he pursued his master's and doctor of musical arts degrees under Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock.
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 20s, 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, he was appointed as the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Piano and Chamber music at the University of Texas, where he teaches an international class of students and now heads the Division of Keyboard Studies.
A favorite at summer festivals, he has performed at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as at the music festivals of Aspen and Ravinia (where he is on the artist faculties).
Nel will perform Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, Beethoven's Variations and Fugue in E-flat ("Eroica" Variations) Op. 35, and several pieces by Chopin, including Ballade No. 3 in A-flat, Op. 47; Barcarolle in F-sharp, Op. 60; Three Waltzes, Op. 64; and Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante in E-flat, Op. 22.
Tickets for the performance are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. They are available online at tickets.byui.edu or on school days from the University Store Ticket Office (496-3170).