Legendary pianist Nelson Freire in Musiikkitalo Septemper 11 & 12
Pianist Nelson Freire tends to avoid the limelight and trust on quiet power, dignity and clean piano playing
“Like everything in life, music works through love; maybe it’s something to do with my star sign, I’m Libra, they say it’s the sign of love. I loved my teacher very much and I would have done anything she asked of me,” says Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire (b. 1944). While classical piano is his chosen path, Freire says having an open mind is crucial to keeping intuition and inspiration alive. Cinema is his second passion, and he is also a huge fan of jazz.
A child prodigy with perfect pitch, Freire gave his first concert at the age of four and has since appeared with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and recorded with the biggest labels. For a long time Decca called him one of the piano’s best-kept secrets, since he was mostly heard only in concert and on the radio, until in 1999 he released an album in the Philips Great Pianists Of The 20th Century series. So far this year he has been the soloist in Beethoven’s fourth Piano Concerto with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Monte Carlo and other orchestras.
Teksti: Jaani Länsiö
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