|Nick van Bloss|
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|Place of Birth|
|Royal College of Music|
|2009 "comeback" concert at London's Cadogan Hall|
|J.S. Bach "Keybord Concertos" (Nimbus, 2011)|
J.S. Bach "Goldberg variations" (Nimbus, 2011)
F. Chopin "Sonata B minor & 24 Preludes" (Nimbus, 2013)
L. v. Beethoven "Diabelli Variationen & Appassionata" (2014)
|Nick van Bloss, one of today’s foremost pianists, was born in London and began piano lessons at the age of 11. His musical training began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and he entered the Royal College of Music at the age of 15 as a Junior, attending full time from the age of 17, studying with Yonty Solomon and winning prizes for his playing. Further studies were with Benjamin Kaplan. In 1987, on hearing him play, the great Russian virtuoso, Tatiana Nikoleyeva, described van Bloss as the ‘finished article of a pianist’. |
In 1994, aged 26, Nick van Bloss played a televised recital in Poland at the Chopin Festival. This proved to be his last public appearance before he retired from playing completely for 15 years. During these years van Bloss rarely touched a piano, but he did write his autobiographical memoir ‘Busy Body’, which was published, to much acclaim, in 2006.
In April 2009, van Bloss made a ‘comeback’ concert at London’s Cadogan Hall, playing a concerto by Bach and Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra. The concert, uniformly reviewed as a ‘Triumph’ by London’s critics, attracted massive media interest from all over the globe.
Since then, Nick van Bloss has performed recitals and concertos in the United States, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany and Austria, with the English Chamber Orchestra, and conducted concertos from the keyboard. He was hailed as a ‘Genius without Vanity’, by the press after his Austrian debut, and was recently (2017) described by Latvian Radio as a ‘Legendary British pianist’, after his Baltic tour of Beethoven Piano Concertos with Sinfonietta Riga, conducted by Thomas Sanderling. His recording of Chopin’s 3rd Sonata and the 24 Preludes was released in 2013, and his 2015 recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations has been hailed as ‘the standard by which other recordings can be judged’, and the CD was further awarded the ‘Supersonic’ Award from Europe’s Pizzicato Magazine. His recording of Schumann’s ‘Kreisleriana’ and the Etudes Symphoniques was released in November 2015.
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