Nelson Goerner


Nelson Goerner is one of the world’s greatest classical pianists. He is praised for his performances of the highest art and poetry, while at the same time possessing exhilarating and masterful conviction.

As a recitalist, Goerner regularly performs on some of the world’s most respected stages and in the 2023/24 season he performs at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Gaveau Paris; Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Wigmore Hall, London; Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad; Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron; and Teatro Della Pergola, Florence.

Nelson Goerner has performed with many of the major orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Philharmonia, Mariinsky Orchestra and NHK Symphony, and with leading conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Mark Elder, Philippe Herreweghe, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Jonathan Nott, Fabio Luisi, Vasily Petrenko, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has appeared at many prestigious festivals including the Salzburg Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, La Grange de Meslay, Tsinandali, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival de Verbier, Schleswig- Holstein and the BBC Proms. In the 21/22 season, Goerner was Artist in Residence at Flagey, Brussels and opened the Flagey Piano Days festival in 2022 with a performance of the Martucci Piano Concerto No.2 with the Brussels Philharmonic. In the 2023/24 season, Goerner performs with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Spanish National Orchestra, as well as performing the complete Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle at the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires as part of Teatro Colón’s concert season.

A keen chamber musician, Goerner regularly collaborates with Martha Argerich and Gary Hoffman. The 23/24 season will see Goerner perform recitals with Martha Argerich, Ning Feng, Tedi Papavrami, and Valeriy Sokolov.

Goerner has a strong relationship with the Mozarteum Argentino in Buenos Aires and enjoys a long association with the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, where he is a member of the artistic advisory committee. He has released several albums of unusual repertoire on the Institute’s own record label with several Diapason d’Or awards. Most recently, he received this prestigious award for his latest release in 2019 which features works by Godowski and Paderewski, including the latter’s monumental Variations and Fugue op.23.

Goerner records predominantly for Alpha Classics and his discography for them includes works by Albéniz, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Schumann, Fauré and Franck. Accolades include: Gramophone Editor’s choice for his Brahms, Diapason d’Or of the Year for his recording of Debussy; BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Month for his album of works by Schumann; Choc de Classica and Diapason d’Or for his Chopin Preludes album; plus resounding critical acclaim for his recording of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata Op 106. He has been awarded the “Gloria Artis” Award, the foremost cultural distinction in Poland, and has also received the Konex Platinum Prize by the Konex Foundation in Buenos Aires in 2019.

Goerner was born in San Pedro, Argentina in 1969. After studying with Jorge Garrubba, Juan Carlos Arabian and Carmen Scalcione, he was awarded First Prize in the Franz Liszt Competition in Buenos Aires in 1986. This led to a scholarship to work with Maria Tipo at the Geneva Conservatoire, and in 1990 Nelson Goerner won the First Prize at the Geneva Competition.

Nelson Goerner lives in Switzerland with his wife and son. He is a proud and active supporter of the humanitarian organisation, Ammala.