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Nelson Goerner* Piano

With meticulous and marvellous musicianship, Nelson Goerner’s piano overflows with emotion.

Born in San Pedro, Argentina, Nelson Goerner has established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. After studying in Argentina with Jorge Garrubba, Juan Carlos Arabian and Carmen Scalcione, he was awarded First Prize in the Franz Liszt Competition in Buenos Aires in 1986. This led to a scholarship to work with Maria Tipo at the Geneva Conservatoire, and in 1990 Nelson Goerner won the First Prize at the Geneva Competition.


Nelson Goerner has performed with many of the major orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra under Claus Peter Flor, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester of Berlin under Andrew Davis, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Emmanuel Krivine, the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder, Suisse Romande with Neemi Jarvi and Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, the Orchestra of the 18th Century with Frans Brüggen, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie with Ivor Bolton, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo under Fabio Luisi. His festival appearances include the Salzburg Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, La Grange de Meslay, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Verbier, as well as the BBC Proms.

Chamber music

Mr Goerner has performed chamber music with the Takács Quartet, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman and Vadim Repin, and duo recitals with the mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch. He also performs repertoire for two pianos with Martha Argerich, Alexander Rabinovich, and with his wife Rusudan Alavidze.

Recent highlights

Highlights were performances with a.o. the National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Europe and South America tour), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. Besides that he gave recitals throughout Europe and Asia: Theatre de Champs-Elysées, Paris (Jeanine Rose’s series), London, Bilbao and Leipzig. Also Nelson performanced with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Geneva Philharmonia Orchestra, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sinfonietta Riga and Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore recitals were along the USA west coast and Vancouver, Barcelona, Lyon, Mougins and Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Future engagements include concerts with for example Orcehstra de la Monnaie under Alain Altinoglu ( Tchaikovsky piano concerto no. 1), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Myun Whung-Chung ( Beethoven piano concerto no. 5, Residentie Orchestra ( Grieg), Noord Nederlands Orchestra ( Liszt), Orchestre de Liege etc., and also recitals in Arnhem and Groningen.


Nelson Goerner is very active in the recording studio and his discography includes recordings of Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Busoni, and a DVD of repertoire by Beethoven and Chopin in a live performance from the Verbier Festival. His Chopin recording on the Wigmore Hall Live label was instrumental Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, and his recording of Debussy for the Outhere/ZigZag Territoires label was awarded the Diapason d'Or of the Year 2013. Nelson Goerner's most recent recording of repertoire by Schumann was BBC Music Magazine's Recording of the Month in March 2015.

Nelson is a proud and active supporter of the humanitarian organisation, Ammala.