Nick van Bloss, one of today’s foremost pianists, was born in London and began piano lessons at the age of 11. His musical training began as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and he entered the Royal College of Music at the age of 15. After winning numerous prizes, and on hearing him play, the great Russian virtuoso, Tatiana Nikoleyeva, described van Bloss as the “finished article of a pianist”.
In 1994, Nick van Bloss played a televised recital in Poland at the Chopin Festival. This proved to be his last public appearance before he retired from playing completely for 15 years. During these years van Bloss rarely touched a piano, but he did write an autobiographical memoir which was published, to much acclaim, in 2006. The following year he was the subject of a BBC documentary, inspired by his book, exploring his creativity. This documentary led him to resume playing the piano, and, in 2008, he began a series of recordings with award-winning producer Michael Haas, beginning with Bach’s monumental ‘Goldberg’ Variations, and including a recording of Bach’s Keyboard Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra. Released by Nimbus Records, these recordings have been been acclaimed with spectacular reviews. Recently, his recording of the Goldberg Variations was featured in a BBC programme dedicated to recordings of the work, presented by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, and was chosen in the ‘final four’ recordings alongside Schiff, Gould and Perahia.
In April 2009, van Bloss made a ‘comeback’ concert at London’s Cadogan Hall, playing a concerto by Bach and Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra. The concert, uniformly reviewed as a ‘Triumph’ by London’s critics, attracted massive media interest from all over the globe.
Nick van Bloss has performed internationally to great acclaim since 2009, including major concerts in the United Kingdom, Japan, Austria, Germany, Sweden, and the United States. As part of his long-term relationship with Nimbus Records, he released CDs of Beethoven (Diabelli Variations and Sonata Appassionata) and Schumann (Kreisleriana and Etudes Symphoniques) in March 2015 and November 2015. A movie about his life is currently in development.
Nick van Bloss has taught at the Royal College of Music in London and is currently a regular judge of their major piano competitions.