Nelson Freire

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Nelson Freire (born October 18, 1944) is a Brazilian classical pianist.

Freire began playing the piano at age 3. He replayed from memory pieces his older sister, Nelma, had just performed. His teachers in Brazil were Nise Obino and Lucia Branco, former students of a pupil of Liszt. For his first public recital, at the age of four, Freire chose Mozart's Sonata in A major, K. 331.

In 1957, Freire's performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, at the age of 12. He was awarded 7th place at the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition. He subsequently received a Brazilian government grant to study in Vienna with Bruno Seidlhofer. By 1964, Freire had won his first prize at the Vianna da Motta International Music Competition in Lisbon, Portugal (ex-aequo with Vladimir Krainev) and he also received the Dinu Lipatti Medal and the Harriet Cohen Medal in London, England. In December 2001, he chaired the jury for the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris. His debut at The Proms was in August 2005.

In general, Freire tends to avoid the limelight, publicity, and interviews. However, in 2011, Freire withdrew from a scheduled engagement with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (OSB) and conductor Roberto Minczuk, in support of the orchestra musicians, following the dismissal of about 3 dozen OSB musicians by Minczuk.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Sonate für 2 Klaviere und Schlagzeug / Rapsodie espagnole / Ma Mère l´Oye Bartók, Ravel; Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Peter Sadlo, Edgar Guggeis 1
1999 Rachmaninoff: Suite Op. 17, No. 2 / Ravel: “La Valse” / Lutosławski: Paganini Variations Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire 1
2004 4 Scherzi / Polonaise no. 6 / Ballade no. 3 / Berceuse Chopin; Nelson Freire 1
2005 Etudes, op. 10 / Barcarolle, op. 60 / Sonata No. 2 Fryderyk Chopin; Nelson Freire 1
2006 The Piano Concertos Brahms; Nelson Freire, Riccardo Chailly , Gewandhausorchester 2
2006 Piano Sonatas, opp. 27 no. 2, 53, 81a & 110 Ludwig van Beethoven; Nelson Freire 1
2009 Debussy Debussy; Nelson Freire 1
2009 Salzburg Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire 5 1
2011 Harmonies du soir Liszt; Nelson Freire 1
2015 Piano Concerto no. 2 / Ballade no. 4 / Berceuse / Polonaise héroique Chopin; Nelson Freire, Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Lionel Bringuier 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Saint-Saëns: Carnaval des Animaux / Alan Ridout: Ferdinand, Little sad sound / Frieder Meschwitz: Tier-Gebete Saint-Saëns; Argerich, Friere, Kremer, van Keulen, Maisky 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
24 Preludes, op. 28 / 4 Balladen Chopin; Nelson Freire, Philippe Entremont 1

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