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Film: Nelson Freire

Americas Society

April 18, 2018


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Admission: Free and open to the public. Registration is now at capacity, but please come to the door the night of the event. Seating will be first come, first served for those not pre-registered.

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From celebrated filmmaker João Moreira Salles, the award-winning documentary on the life and work of Brazilian concert pianist Nelson Freire, who will be in attendance at the screening.

This event is part of Cinema Tropical’s new film series, MUSIC+FILM BRAZIL, programmed by Mary Jane Marcasiano and sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, with additional support from the Brazilian Music Foundation and Hélio Campos.

About Nelson Freire

Born in 1944, Brazilian concert pianist Nelson Freire began playing the piano at age 3 and gave his first public performance at age 4. His teachers in Brazil were Lucia Branco, a former student of a pupil of Liszt, and her assistant Nise Obino. For his first public performance, Freire chose Mozart's Sonata in A major, K. 331. At the age of 12, Freire performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5. He was awarded seventh place at the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition and subsequently received a grant from the Brazilian government to study in Vienna with Bruno Seidlhofer. By 1964, Freire had won first prize at the Vianna da Motta International Music Competition (Lisbon), the Dinu Lipatti Medal, and the Harriet Cohen Medal (London). In December 2001, he chaired the jury for the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris. His debut at The BBC Proms was in August 2005.