Niel Immelman

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Niel Immelman (born 13 August 1944) is a South African classical pianist resident in the UK. He grew up in Jacobsdal and later in Bloemfontein.

Immelman first received piano lessons from his mother Nettie Immelman. He subsequently studied at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with Cyril Smith.[1] He was also a pupil of Ilona Kabos, Lamar Crowson,[2] and Maria Curcio.[3] Whilst still a student at the Royal College of Music, Bernard Haitink invited him to perform Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as his professional debut.

Immelman has made a speciality of Czech piano music, and has made commercial recordings of the piano works of Josef Suk and of Vítězslav Novak, for the Meridian label.[4][5] His four CD recordings of the complete piano works of Suk was the first complete commercial recorded cycle.

Immelman is currently on the piano faculty of the RCM. He was made a fellow of the RCM in 2000. He serves regularly as a jury member in various international piano competitions.


  1. ^ Amis, John (2007-05-29). "Phyllis Sellick". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  2. ^ Thackeray, Ruth (2009-04-14). "Obituary: Lamar Crowson". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  3. ^ Immelman, Niel (2009-04-14). "Maria Curcio". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  4. ^ Smaczny, Jan (20 January 2012). "Suk: Summer Impressions; About Mother; Four Episodes; Suite, Op. 2; Humoresque; Album Leaf". BBC Music Magazine. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  5. ^ Cumming, David M. (2003). International Who's Who in Classical Music. Routledge. p. 368. ISBN 1-85743-174-X. 

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