Obituary: Pianist Nicholas Angelich, 51

Posted on: April 25, 2022

“Nicholas Angelich, a pianist renowned for the uncommon skill and sensitivity that he brought to the works of Romantic composers including Beethoven and Brahms, died April 18 at a hospital in Paris. He was 51,” writes Emily Langer in Saturday’s (4/23) Washington Post. “The cause was degenerative lung failure, [said] his manager, Stefana Atlas…. Mr. Angelich was the American-born son of two immigrant musicians—his father, who was from Yugoslavia, was a violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and his mother, from Russia, was a music teacher who … moved with Mr. Angelich to Paris when he was 13 so that he could attend the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse. Their move marked the beginning of a decades-long career that would take Mr. Angelich back and forth across the Atlantic to the leading concert halls of Europe and the United States…. Mr. Angelich made his debut at age 7, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21…. Mr. Angelich, who stopped performing in 2021, had no immediate survivors. In addition to his solo recordings of … Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, and Prokofiev, among others, Mr. Angelich recorded with chamber musicians including the Capuçon brothers—Renaud, a violinist, and Gautier, a cellist.”