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Anton Nel

There are many ways to describe Anton Nel, a well-respected and award-winning pianist.

He is an active performer with nearly four decades of concerts under his belt, a collaborator with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, and winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall. Included in this list of accomplishments is treasured UT faculty member.

Nel has traveled the world through his expansive career as a pianist and has been enriching students with his experience since he started teaching in his early 20s.

“I feel extremely lucky to be one of Anton Nel’s students,” said Péter Tóth, a doctorate student in piano performance. “He is able to bring his artistry into our studio and share it with us. We learn a lot from him, which is not always the case with other great musicians who are really excellent performers but can’t teach their students.”

In 2010, Nel became the first holder of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Piano, established with the purpose of ensuring the school retains fine talent of international stature.

“We are forever grateful to our friends Joe and Teresa Lozano Long for making it possible to recognize the indispensable Anton Nel with this chair,” said Mary Ellen Poole, director of the Butler School of Music. “Anton’s artistic brilliance, personal and musical generosity, boundless energy, and irresistible joie de vivre make him the ambassador for piano at the Butler School.”