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!"