Louis Nagel, piano concert performer

Louis Nagel - Concert Pianist

Home Concerts:
The History and the Mystery of Music

How wonderful it is to experience the magical allure of music. Consider what it would be like to have a concert of classical piano music performed and explained in your own home by a concert pianist and University of Michigan professor. Imagine hearing such favorites as the joyful Italian Concerto of J.S. Bach, a bubbly Haydn or Mozart Sonata, the monumental Appassionata Sonata of Beethoven, a dreamy Chopin Nocturne, the charming Papillons of Schumann, the impressionistically iridescent Images of Debussy, or the incandescent brilliance of a Liszt Rhapsody.

As a performer, teacher, and arts advocate, I am committed to the idea that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience and enjoy classical music. In my studio at the Music School, I encourage my students to read and study a wide range of repertoire, to attend concerts, and to understand as much as possible about the music they play. There is glamor and beauty in the grandest and slightest compositions. Not every student will play the monuments of the repertoire, but I urge those who work with me to discover the emotional satisfaction in every work and then to share that with the public. It is this spirit that informs the content of all my own performances, especially my home and community concerts. Thus I look forward to spending time with you sharing THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF MUSIC.


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A graduate of The Juilliard School of Music and student of Rosina Lhevinne and Josef Raieff, Steinway Artist Louis Nagel has been performing before the public for over fifty years. He has played and taught at the University of Michigan since 1969, as well as the National Music Camp, the Sydney Conservatorium, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Donghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and festivals in Vermont, Poland and Italy. He has performed numerous times in New York, including two recent concerts at Steinway Hall.

In demand as a performer, lecturer and adjudicator he has visited many college campuses in the United States including recent appearances at Texas Tech, Bowling Green (Ohio) University and Emory and Henry (Virginia) University. He has performed concertos by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Tchaikowsky with orchestras in Berlin and Budapest. In Michigan he has appeared with the Southern Great Lakes Symphony, The Ann Arbor Symphony, The Grand Rapids Chamber Symphony, and the Dexter Community Orchestra. He takes particular pride in his many appearances at the Ann Arbor Kerrytown Concert House. Of special note is the series traversing the entire trio literature of Beethoven, in partnership with colleagues Stephen Shipps and Anthony Elliott. Recent appearances include recitals at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

He has offered home concerts and appeared in alternative venues Detroit suburbs and Ann Arbor. He has performed for the University Musical Society. He has appeared in concert at Hammell of Michigan Music, the Michigan Steinway dealer. In 1995 he recorded a CD FOUR CENTURIES OF J.S.BACH for the Equilibrium label and in 2006 a CD of Haydn and C.P.E.Bach for the University's M Block label. Appearing in the Fall of 2013 is Louis Nagel Live in Concert on the Equilibrium label.

His activities at the School of Music include teaching piano performance, piano literature, chamber music and directing the Outreach in the Performing Arts program, that brings talented music students into community venues other than traditional concert halls.

He has collaborated with his wife psychoanalyst and musician Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Exploring the close relationship between music and the mind, they have presented programs jointly on stage-fright, career problems, and selected works of works of great composers. Recently, for the Midland, Michigan music teachers, they jointly presented a paper/performance on Mozart in the tragic year 1778, focusing on the Sonata in A Minor, K. 310.

His activities at the School of Music include teaching piano performance, piano literature, chamber music and directing the Outreach in the Performing Arts program, that brings talented music students into community venues other than traditional concert halls.

He is very active in both the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Together with his wife, musician, psychologist and analyst Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel they explore the close and vital relationship between psychology and music. They have presented programs on stage-fright, career problems, and selected works of great composers.

Other teaching appointments include The New South Wales Conservatorium, The Adamant Music School in Vermont and the International Music Camp In Poland, and the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy.

Louis Nagel is winner of numerous prestigious prizes including the National Arts Club, National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Geneva International Competition. He has adjudicated many important competitions including the National Federation of Music Clubs, The Texas State Piano Teachers, The Camerata Competition, and the Joanna Hodges Piano Competition.

His articles and reviews appear in The Juilliard Journal Online, The Journal Of The American Liszt Society, Clavier Magazine and Piano And Keyboard. A profile of him appeared in the July 2013 issue of Clavier Companion.

Many of Dr. Nagel's students are active as performers conductors, and teachers both in the United States and abroad. Click here to see a partial list of students.

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