Neslon Freire played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 with the Alma Chamber Orchestra on February 22th 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Born in 1944 in Boa Esperança, a small town of Brazil, Nelson Freire made his first public appearance at age five with Mozart’s Sonata in A major, K. 331. His family, moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he continued his studies under the guidance of two superlative teachers, Nise Obino and Lucia Branco. In 1957, after winning the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition with his performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto, the President of Brazil presented him with a grant which allowed him to study with Bruno Seidlhofer, teacher of Friedrich Gulda, in Vienna. Seven years later, Freire won the Dinu Lipatti Medal in London, as well as first prize at the International Vianna da Motta Competition in Lisbon.
Freire has performed in more than seventy countries worldwide, working with the most prestigious orchestras and conductors including Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Gergiev, Jochum, Kempe, Maazel, Masur, Ozawa and Zinman.
In October 2014 he celebrates his 70th birthday with the first release in a new Beethoven concerto cycle with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.