Nicholas Angelich

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Nicholas Angelich
Publicity photo by Studio Harcourt, 2008
Nicholas Michael Angelich

December 14, 1970
DiedApril 18, 2022 (aged 51)
OccupationConcert pianist

Nicholas Michael Angelich (December 14, 1970 – April 18, 2022) was an American pianist. He was noted for performing internationally with ensembles from Europe and North America.

Early life[edit]

Angelich was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 14, 1970.[1] His father, Borivoje Andjelitch, was a violinist;[2] his mother, Clara Kadarjan, was a piano teacher who was originally from Russia.[3] They met while studying at the Academy of Music, Belgrade, and he anglicized their family name to Angelich after they emigrated to the United States during the 1960s.[3] Angelich started learning the piano with his mother at the age of five. Two years later, he gave his first concert performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467.[3][4] He relocated to Paris when he was thirteen in order to study at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique, where his teachers included Aldo Ciccolini, Yvonne Loriod, Michel Beroff,[3] and Marie-Françoise Bucquet.[5]


Angelich studied with Leon Fleisher during his twenties. In 1989 he won second prize in the Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland, Ohio, and won the first prize of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition five years later.[3][6] He subsequently made his New York recital debut at the Alice Tully Hall in 1995,[3] playing compositions by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Maurice Ravel.[4] His performance received a positive review from Anthony Tommasini, who observed how Angelich "boasts a prodigious technique, but wields it with a poise uncommon in someone so young".[4] Angelich received the Young Talent Award at the 2002 Klavier-Festival Ruhr.[3] He performed with major French orchestras under the conductors Myung-whun Chung and David Robertson.[7] He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur in May 2003, playing the Emperor Concerto.[3] He then toured Japan with Masur and the Orchestre National de France the following year. His recording of Brahms trios with Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon for Erato Records received a Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.[8][9]

During his 2009–10 tour, Angelich gave recitals in Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Teatro della Pergola (Florence), Milan Conservatory, The Hague, and Theatre du Chatelet (Paris). Considered one of the great pianists of our time,[10] he was featured on the cover of the October 2009 issue of International Piano, whose feature article is about his recording of Brahms's Op.116 to Op.119 on the Erato Records label.[11] He later performed Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand at the opening of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's 2010–2011 season in Dundee's Caird Hall, Edinburgh's Usher Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from September 23 to 25 under conductor Stéphane Denève.[12]

Angelich again played under Denève with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2018.[13] He stopped performing in 2021,[4] but intended to close the 2021–22 season of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal with two planned concerts in June 2022.[3][14]

Personal life[edit]

Angelich died on April 18, 2022,[1][14] of degenerative lung failure,[3][4] after a rejection of lung transplantation at the Bichat–Claude Bernard Hospital in Paris.[citation needed] He was 51,[1][14] and suffered from chronic lung disease prior to his death. He did not have any immediate survivors.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Brachmann, Jan (April 19, 2022). "Radu Lupu & Nicholas Angelich: Als wäre einem plötzlich ein Einhorn begegnet". FAZ.NET (in German). Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  2. ^ Dunevant, Carol (May 17, 2012). "Borivoje "Bora" Angelich – American Federation of Musicians Local 1". American Federation of Musicians Local 1 – The finest professional musicians in the Midwest. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Schweitzer, Vivien (April 20, 2022). "Nicholas Angelich, Ocean-Straddling Pianist, Dies at 51". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Langer, Emily (April 21, 2022). "Nicholas Angelich, acclaimed classical pianist, dies at 51". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  5. ^ "Pianist Nicholas Angelich has died aged 51". Gramophone. April 19, 2022. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  6. ^ "Nicholas Angelich". Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "Nicholas Angelich – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  8. ^ "Dedication". AllMusic. April 28, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  9. ^ "03/2004". Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (in German). Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  10. ^ 88 notes pour piano solo, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Neva Editions, 2015, p. 52. ISBN 978-2-3505-5192-0
  11. ^ Cooper, Katherine (April 19, 2022). "Nicholas Angelich (1970–2022)". Presto Music. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  12. ^ Bello-Portu, Marie-Laure de (September 21, 2010). Musique & Opéra autour du Monde 2010–2011. Musique & Opéra. p. 171. ISBN 978-2-911894-40-4.
  13. ^ Dobrin, Peter (April 27, 2018). "Nicholas Angelich joins Stéphane Denève and Philadelphia Orchestra on musical jaunts". The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Philadelphia Inquirer, LLC. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  14. ^ a b c Kaptainis, Arthur (April 19, 2022). "Orchestre Métropolitain 2022-23 season lifts up underrepresented voices". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 23, 2022. The announcement of the 2022-23 OM season arrives just after the shocking news of the death on April 18 of the American pianist Nicholas Angelich at age 51. This former OM soloist in residence was scheduled to close the current season on June 18 and 19 with concerts conducted by Nézet-Séguin.

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