About Thomas Nickell


A promising new talent, 18-year-old American pianist Thomas Nickell has already garnered recognition for energetic, refined, and focused performances in music centers throughout Europe and the United States. In a few short years, Nickell has given public performances of important works by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Gershwin, Khachaturian, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, as well as his own compositions.

This past summer, Nickell appeared in recital in London and made his debut as soloist with the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of David Curtis. Last spring he participated in recital at the 53rd Festivale Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo in Mozzo, Italy, and played additional recitals in Bergamo, Milan, and Busseto, Italy. Previously he was heard as soloist with the Orchestra Fiati di Ancona in Osimo and Ancona, Italy, and made his recital debut in León and Madrid, Spain; Venice and Bologna, Italy; and Somianka and Warsaw, Poland. In 2014, Nickell travelled to Japan to perform recitals in Fujisawa and Tokyo.

Nickell has appeared as soloist with Chicago’s Oistrakh Symphony, led by Mina Zikri, and as soloist with Poland’s Sinfonia Viva under Tomasz Radziwonowicz.

On Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2017, Nickell will make his official debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as soloist with the Orchestra of the Swan and Artistic Director David Curtis. Located in Stratford-upon-Avon, the highly regarded Orchestra of the Swan celebrates its 21st anniversary this season. A highlight of the program will feature England’s prominent composer David Matthews, whose Piano Concerto, Op. 111 will be heard for the first time in the United States. Nickell gave the London premiere of the Matthews work with the same forces in July 2016.

Nickell is currently enrolled at the New School, Mannes College of Music, studying piano with J Y Song, who holds a B.A. (Music) and B.S. (Microbiology & Immunology) from Stanford University, graduating with distinction and honors, a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School studying with Jerome Lowenthal, and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business. 

Nickell, who makes his home in New York City, likes to paint in his spare time and enjoys photography, the occasional foray into writing, and reading non-fiction, especially about composers.