An unusual artist with an unconventional résumé, pianist Nicolas Horvath began his music studies at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III de Monaco. Aged 16, he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster who helped him to secure a three-year scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation in order to further his studies. His mentors include a number of distinguished international pianists, including Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Gérard Frémy, Eric Heidsieck, Gabriel Tacchino, Nelson Delle-Vigne, Philippe Entremont, Oxana Yablonskaya and Liszt specialist Leslie Howard. (It was Howard who invited him to perform for the Liszt Society in the United Kingdom, helping to lay the foundations for Horvath’s current recognition as a leading interpreter of Liszt’s music.) He is the holder of a number of awards, including first prize of the Scriabin and the Luigi Nono International Competitions.
Horvath is an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music; he has commissioned numerous works (including no fewer than 120 as part of his Homages to Philip Glass project in 2014) and collaborated with leading contemporary composers from around the world, including Régis Campo, Mamoru Fujieda, Jaan Rääts, Alvin Curran and Valentyn Silvestrov. He has become noted for the organisation of events and concerts of unusual length, sometimes lasting over twelve hours, such as the performance of the complete piano music of Philip Glass, and Erik Satie’s Vexations. In October 2015 he gave the closing day concert in the Estonia Gallery at the Expo World Exhibition in Milan with a programme of music by Jaan Rääts. A Steinway artist, his career as a virtuoso pianist has taken him to concert venues around the world, and he is also an electroacoustic composer.
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