*1969 San Pedro
Born in San Pedro, in 1969, Nelson Goerner is one of the foremost pianists of his generation - an excellent soloist and highly regarded chamber musician. He began learning piano with Jorge Garrubba and was then taught by Juan Carlos Arabián and Carmen Scalicione at the Buenos Aires Conservatory. In 1986, he won First Prize in the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Buenos Aires. His rare talent was spotted by Martha Argerich, thanks to whom he received a scholarship from the CIMAE - Art and Science Foundation and Mozarteum Argentino and began studies at the Geneva Conservatory. He graduated with top honours, in 1990, from the class of Maria Tipo. That same year, he won First Prize in the Geneva Piano Competition. Since that success, he has performed regularly in major concert venues across Europe, Japan, and North and South America. In its ‘Who's Who in Music', the September 1998 edition of BBC Music Magazine placed Nelson Goerner in the ‘new blood' group of young artists who were closest to the greatest masters.
He has performed in festivals across Europe, including in Salzburg, Verbier, La Roque d'Anthéron, La Grange de Mesley, Edinburgh and Schleswig-Holstein, and in such famous concert halls as the Musikverein, Concertgebouw, South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall and Teatro Colón. He has worked with the eminent conductors Claus Peter Flor (Philharmonic Orchestra), Andrew Davis (Deutsches Symphonie Orchester), Emmanuel Krivine (London Philharmonic Orchestra), Mark Elder (Hallé Orchestra), Neemi Järvi and Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) and Fabio Luisi (NHK Symphony Orchestra), and also with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Sinfonia Varsovia.
Goerner has worked with such outstanding soloists and ensembles as Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Vadim Repin, Sophie Koch and the Takács Quartet. He also performs in repertoire for two pianos, together with Martha Argerich, Alexandre Rabinovich and his own wife, Rusudan Alavidze.
He has performed in concert with many excellent orchestras, including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, New Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Montreal Symphony. A regular at the BBC Proms in London, where he made his debut in 2003, he is one of the few virtuosos to perform both Brahms's piano concertos on the same programme.
His Chopin disc on EMI became a sensation on the record market. For Cascavelle Disques, he has recorded Chopin, and also works by Rachmaninov (incl. the Second Sonata and Etudes-Tableaux), Liszt (12 Études d'exécution transcendante) and Busoni. In Poland, CD Accord released his recording of Chopin's E minor Concerto and Fantasy on Polish Airs with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Kazimierz Kord. His discography also includes a DVD with works by Beethoven and Chopin recorded during the Verbier Festival. Goerner's recordings on historical instruments as part of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute's ‘Real Chopin' series have won Diapason d'Or prizes, and his Wigmore Hall Live disc with works by the Polish composer was BBC Music Magazine's instrumental music ‘Choice of the Month'. Outhere/ZigZag Territoires recently released his disc of works by Debussy, which also won a Diapason d'Or, in 2013.
His forthcoming plans include appearances with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Weimar Staatskapelle, as well as recitals in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Vancouver, Washington, Minneapolis and Buenos Aires.
In 2005 and 2006, Nelson Goerner performed in the first editions of the ‘Chopin and his Europe' festival, before taking part in successive editions from 2009 onwards.
In 2014, he was appointed to the Programme Committee of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, and in 2015 he will be a juror of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.