A Mozart Paradise
February 8, 2019
Anton Nel, piano
7:30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall
“Key Notes” will take place at 6:45 p.m. in Room 163
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About the Concert
We welcome longtime friend, pianist Anton Nel, back to the stage for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18, performed for the first time in OMP history! Our wind section then plays a starring role in the revered “Gran Partita,” completing this Mozart double-bill.
What You’ll Hear
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major, K. 456, “Paradis”
with Anton Nel, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, K. 361, “Gran Partita”
Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall continues to enjoy 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. A student of Adolph Hallis, he made his European debut in France in 1982, and in the same year graduated with highest distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He came to the United States in 1983, attending the University of Cincinnati, where he pursued his Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees under Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. In addition to garnering many awards from his alma mater during this three-year period he was a prizewinner at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition in England and won several first prizes at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition in Palm Desert in 1986.