Thomas Nickell in Article on Steinway Pianos for Austria's VON Magazine

Everyone who works at Steinway is proud of what he does. And it is precisely that that makes our instruments so special," Detlef Glagowski, who has been working at the Hamburg factory since 1988 is convinced. This vibe is absolutely palpable when you visit the factory. There's concentration and relaxed stillness in the air. Every motion is perfect, everything is done with care. Decades of experience are passed from generation from master to apprentice, often from father to son or daughter. Real artisans work here who fully identify with the product and are proud that they - as Henry E. Steinway once said - build the “best pianos possible.” .... Read More >> 

NICKELL MAKES HIS UK DEBUT

Nickell made his UK debut in 2016 with concerts under the baton of  David Curtis conducting the Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon and in London at Kings Place, followed by a performance in Cheltenham with the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra.  He also appeared in recital at Queens Gate Terrace as part of the Sir Vernon Ellis Foundation.

Said one critic of the Cheltenham appearance: "I have only to look at the first few bars of the piano part of Lizst’s Totentanz for my fingers to start bleeding. Pneumatic hammers might be more appropriate for the percussive shocks this requires. But, my goodness, did Nickell deliver!"

ENGLAND DEBUT and LONDON PREMIERE OF WORK BY DAVID MATTHEWS

As part of a series of four recitals in Cheltenham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and London, Nickell performed the London debut of David Matthews' Piano Concerto, Op. 111, under the baton of David Curtis, Artistic Director of Orchestra of the Swan. 

He reprises the performance on February 26, 2017 at Carnegie Hall where, in partnership with The Alexander & Buono Foundation, Nickell and the Orchestra will perform the US debut of the work, while also presenting the Orchestra in their US debut performance.

​FESTIVAL PIANISTICO INTERNAZAIONALE DE BRESCIA E BERGAMO

When Artistic Director Pier Carlo Orizio heard a recording of Thomas Nickell in performance, he immediately offered him a solo recital as part of the 53rd annual Festival Pianistico International di Brescia e Bergamo.  In a festival that included recitals by artists such as Mitsuko Uchida and Grigory Sokolov, Nickell performed works by Beethoven, Berg, and one of his own compositions. 

A SPECIAL CONCERT IN MILAN ON THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

With the cooperation of the Consulate of the United States, the Consulate of Switzerland, and the Municipality of Milan, Nickell performed a solo recital at the Chiesa Cristiana Protestante di Milano last May following a sold-out March recital at the prestigious Conservatorio di Milano "Giuseppe Verdi."