Born in New York City of Spanish and Mexican descent, pianist AGUSTIN ANIEVAS began his piano studies before he was four years old, and appeared in his first recital before his fifth birthday. As a twelve year old he gave a major recital at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the youngest artist ever to receive that honor. At 18 his orchestral debut took place at Carnegie Hall in New York, with the Little Orchestra Society. He studied at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, going on to garner many prizes as a young artist including the 1959 Michaels Memorial Award in Chicago, and the Concert Artists Guild in New York, As the winner of the first Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition, he began a concert career appearing in most of the world’s music centers, and the recording studios of EMI (HMV), where his well-loved recordings of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert and the anniversary edition of the complete Rachmaninoff Concertos and Preludes were all made.
Mr. Anievas is recognized for his effortless style and virtuoso panache, yet his warm sound and sensitive musicality is always at the service of the composer. During his career, he served as Chairman of the Piano Department and Professor of Piano at Brooklyn College’s Conservatory of Music. Now, in addition to his duties on the board of the National Chopin Foundation and Competition, he assists in choosing the pianists, ages 14-17, who apply for study scholarships, preparing to participate in the 2015 National Competition in Miami. Highlights of his 2012 season include appearances in Southeast Asia, and his first visit to Beijing, where he will perform and offer master classes at the Beijing Piano Festival. His new website is available to viewers at www.agustinanievas.com. He has appeared frequently at the Newport Music Festival since 1976 and has been a treasured friend of the Malkovich family for over 50 years.