Iconic pianist Nelson Freire dead in Rio de Janeiro at 77

We regret to announce the death of a legend, the great pianist Nelson Freire. Iconic pianist Nelson Freire was born in Boa Esperanza, Minas Gerais in 1944 as a child prodigy. At age 12 he relocated to Rio de Janeiro, where he took classes under the tutorship of popular pianists Nise Obino and Lucia Branco.

According to reports, he had shoulder surgery in 2019, his next appointment at the hospital was scheduled following a fall he had while walking into Rio de Janeiro, the appointment was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, throughout his career stage, he made appearances on stage in about 70 countries. Following his performance in the United States at the age of 24, Time magazine called him “the greatest of this generation or of any generation”

Iconic pianist Nelson Freire Cause of Death

As of the time of this report, his cause of death has not been officially released yet.

Iconic pianist Nelson Freire/Career/Award

Iconic pianist Nelson Freire had so many awards during his whole career life, his worldwide awards are the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Award, known as “Oscar” of classical music, and in 2019 he got the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA).

Our thoughts are with friends and family.