About Thomas Nickell


Nineteen year-old Thomas Nickell continues to garner praise for his strong interpretations and insightful readings of some of the piano’s most demanding literature. An array of accolades mark the progress of his career, among them his having been named a Young Steinway Artist. Selection for the prestigious honor—one shared by less than eighty other pianists throughout the world—came to Nickell at fifteen, a year before he was even able to accept it, because of the minimum age requirement of sixteen years.

Continuing to distinguish himself in performances throughout the world, audiences and critics alike credit Nickell with not only an energetic and refined musical presence, but also a sensitivity and ability to interpret that extends well beyond his years. A student of Thomas Osuga, he is also coaching with Steinway Artist Cosmo Buono, who describes him as having “a keen understanding of the instrument’s possibilities.”

This current recital tour is part of a season which began in May in Ancona, Italy, where he made his debut with the Orchestra di Ancona under the baton of Maestro Mirco Barani at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in what proved to be a sold-out performance, with people having to be turned away.  Two other sold-out concerts were held in Gesi at the Cattedrale di San Settimio Jesi, and the Chiesetta in Portonovo.

Nickell continues his summer tour and his collaboration with Orchestra of the Swan with three July recitals in the United Kingdom, the culmination of a season with Maestro Curtis and OOTS that not only began with a US and Carnegie Hall debut, but also included the US premiere of British composer David Matthews’ Piano Concerto, Op. 111, which Nickell also premiered in London last year at Kings Place. Nickell and the orchestra will perform again at Carnegie Hall in June of 2018 at Zankell Hall.

As a composer Nickell has had his works performed in Europe, Asia, and the United States.  His Italian tour included the premiere of two new works: “Forest Scenes” for flute and piano, written for flutist Beatrice Petrocchi, and “Love and Harmony,” based on a poem by William Blake for four-part unaccompanied chorus. He is currently enrolled at the New School, Mannes College of Music in New York, with a double major in Piano Performance and Composition.