Brazilian Pianist Nelson Freire to Return to Sydney After 20 Years Away

A towering pillar in classical music, Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire will perform in Sydney for the first time in 20 years when he joins the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for three concerts at the Sydney Opera House before giving an intimate solo recital at the City Recital Hall.

The famously modest pianist, who made his solo debut aged five, is universally recognised as one of the world's great musicians and attributes his career in classical music to both fate and his Brazilian heritage.

"Somehow destiny made me a pianist, I didn't have to choose," Freire says. "Of course being Brazilian certainly reflects in my playing; in that I try to be as honest and generous in my music making as possible. This is what I want to come out when I play."

Freire will join fellow Brazilian conductor Marcelo Lehninger and the SSO to perform Schumann's Piano Concerto, a work filled with irresistible beauty and lyricism. For his recital, Freire will perform a glorious program featuring some of his most loved composers including JS Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, each of whom he credits as holding "a unique place in music".

Concert Details:

NELSON FREIRE PLAYS SCHUMANN: RACHMANINOFF'S 2ND SYMPHONY

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Wed 21 Sep, 8pm

Fri 23 Sep, 8pm

Sat 24 Sep, 8pm

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture

SCHUMANN Piano Concerto

RACHMANINOFF Symphony No.2

Marcelo Lehninger conductor

Nelson Freire piano

NELSON FREIRE IN RECITAL

City Recital Hall

Mon 26 Sep, 7pm

Featuring solo piano music by JS Bach, Beethoven & Chopin

Nelson Freire piano

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