“A poet who is also a goldsmith" - Diapason, October 2013
"..what happened on the Teatro Colon's stage was not only a very rigorous exhibition of virtuosity but a superb demonstration of the best art of musical interpretation." - La Nacion, 15 May 2014
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.
He played in large halls such as the Musikverein in Vienna, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, South Bank Center and Wigmore Hall in London, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
Goerner has played solo with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra under Claus Peter Flor, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin under Andrew Davis, London Philharmonic Orchestra under Emmanuel Krivine, Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder, Orchester de la Suisse Romande with Neeme Järvi, Wiener Symphoniker, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo under Fabio Luisi, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he replaced Nelson Freire with great success in the Master Pianists Series in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where he gave the opening concert a year later. In 2022 Nelson Goerner took over concerts at the last minute with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi and Rachmaninov 3 played in Paris and Luxembourg.
As a chamber musician, Nelson Goerner has performed with the Takács Quartet, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Vadim Repin and he gave duo recitals with mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch. He also performed repertoire for two pianos with, among others, Martha Argerich.
For several years now, Goerner has entered into an alliance with Outhere Music Group (Zig-Zag Territoires), for which he released his first CD in the autumn of 2013, with work by Debussy. This recording received the Diapaison d'Or of the year 2013. In addition, Nelson Goerner's discography includes recordings with works by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Busoni and DVDs with works by Beethoven, Chopin, live recordings from the Verbier festival. Chopin's recordings for the Frederic Chopin Institute of Warsaw, recorded on original instruments, have also been awarded the Diapaison d'Or and his recordings on the Wigmore Hall Live label were named Choice of the Month by the BBC Music Magazine.
Händel : Chaconne in G Major HWV 435
Schumann:Davidsbündlertänze op 6
Rachmaninoff: 10 Préludes( selected from op 23 and op 32)
Balakirev: Islamey, Oriental Fantasy
Janaček: In the Mist
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie
Scriabin: Sonata no.7"White Mass" op 64
3 Etudes op 65
Liszt Reminiscences de Don Juan
Or as an alternative 2nd half to this programme could be:
Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales
Godowsky Symphonic Metamorphose on J.Strauss Artist Life ( Künstlerleben)