Nicholas Angelich, American virtuoso pianist, died at the age of 51

Nicholas Angelich at the auditorium of the Musical Seine, in Boulogne-Billancourt, February 13, 2019. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP The American pianist Nicholas Angelich, who excelled in both the romantic and contemporary repertoire, died Monday at the age of 51 years, announced his agent Tuesday, April 19, causing a shower of tributes in the world of classical music. “American by birth, but living in Paris, Nicholas suffered from a respiratory disease”, explained in a press release the artistic agency Jacques Thelen, recalling that Nicholas Angelich had not performed on stage since June 2021. “As your sound, you were bright and tender at the same time (…) I will never play a note of Brahms again without being near you”, reacted on Twitter the French violinist Renaud Capuçon, saluting the memory of a “pianist out norm” and of a “sensitive, faithful, generous friend. Nicholas, Like your sound, you were bright and tender at the same time. You were an extraordinary pianist, a sensitive friend,…— RCapucon (@Renaud Capuçon) Read also Article reserved for our subscribers Music: La Roque-d’Anthéron, between intimacy and jubilation Victoire du instrumental soloist of the year in 2019 Angelich was a great interpreter of the piano works of Beethoven, Brahms and Liszt, but also composers of the 20th century, including Messiaen, Stockhausen, Boulez or Bruno Mantovani. He had performed with many prestigious international orchestras, under the direction of great conductors, such as Charles Dutoit, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur or Myung-whun Chung. On disc, he had notably recorded the complete Years of Pilgrimage, by Liszt. His last release dates from September 2018, a recording of Beethoven concertos 4 & 5 with the Insula Orchestra and conductor Laurence Equilbey. At the Victoires de la Musique Classique, Nicholas Angelich received the Victory for Instrumental Soloist of the Year in 2013 and 2019. Born in the United States in 1970, he gave his first concert at the age of 7 and entered the National Superior Conservatory of Paris. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Pianist Nicholas Angelich opens worlds under his fingers Le Monde with AFP