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.