American pianist Nicholas Angelich has spent much of his career in France. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi and Erato, and in the 2010s his muscular, charismatic approach to Romantic repertory standards coincided with the aims of Erato's new owner, Warner Classics.
Angelich was born in the U.S. in 1970. He began studying the piano at five, with his mother as teacher, and two years later he had progressed to a point where he could perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467. A prodigy in the making, Angelich enrolled at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at 13 and studied with the most prestigious teachers the school had to offer, including Aldo Ciccolini and Yvonne Loriod. He took master classes with Maria João Pires and Leon Fleisher, who bestowed upon him a Young Talent Award at the Ruhr International Piano Festival. Other major prizes included a second prize at the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland, Ohio (1989), and first prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (1994).
Angelich made his recording debut in 1995 with an album of Rachmaninov piano music on France's Harmonia Mundi label. He recorded mostly for Virgin, in solidly Romantic-virtuoso repertory, in the 2000s decade, moving to Erato in the early 2010s. In 2016 he released the album Dedication, presenting works by Liszt, Schumann, and Chopin that were each dedicated to one of the other composers. Many of Angelich's Brahms recordings were collected into a ten-CD box set by Erato in 2017. Angelich has also been active as a chamber musician.