Nelson Freire

Nelson Freire

Instrumentalists — Piano

"This was an outstanding concert from first note to last…Nelson Freire is one of the world’s truly great pianists, a musician’s musician through and through. His communion is unfailingly with the music…What set this performance apart was its sheer completeness, the pianist inhabiting the work’s every nook and cranny through burnished deep-rooted sound, power and grandeur aplenty but also moments of exceptional delicacy… Freire’s contemplative exploratory playing soon took us to the heart of the matter though." —Classical Source, September 2011 - London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev – Brahms 2

"... In the age... when overt showmanship reaps big rewards and grabs lots of attention, the Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire offers a gentle reminder that decorous piano playing and interpretive depth have an irresistible power all their own. Mr. Freire, wastes no energy on useless physicality.... (his) tone palette is stocked mainly with subtle shades instead of bright neon colors. (and) with a measure of freshness that came as a pleasant surprise in music so familiar... —The New York Times, April 2009 - Metropolitan Museum of Arts Concerts and Lectures

"...Freire's playing (of the Grieg Concerto) mesmerized right from the start. He played the opening cadenza with unusual restraint. His phrasing was fluid and lyrical throughout...." —Boston Globe, April 2009 - Boston Symphony Orchestra


The Boston Globe raves that Nelson Freire is "One of the most exciting pianists to emerge in the Rubinstein succession...This is one of the biggest natural talents for the keyboard that I have ever heard." Nelson appears regularly with leading orchestras and in recital throughout Europe, North America, and Australia as well as his native South America. Freire is now an exclusive Decca artist with several Grammy awards to his credit, most recently in for 2007 for Brahms: The Piano Concertos with Gewandhausorchester and Riccardo Chailly. Mr. Freire visits the United States each season in both orchestral and recital programs.

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