Thomas Nickell makes his Chicago debut with a trio of performances throughout the city, April 13-15, 2018. Accompanied by the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago (OSC) under Maestro Mina Zikri, Nickell will present solo and orchestral works on Friday afternoon, April 13 at Jones College Prep, named one of “America’s Best High Schools” by Newsweek. All Chicago Public School and music students in the area are invited to attend this informal, “open rehearsal.” The following day, Saturday, April 14 at noon, Nickell will have his official Chicago concert debut at the Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the largest and most stunning greenhouse conservatories in the nation, as part of its acclaimed Music Under Glass series. Nickell will perform Liszt’s innovative symphonic work “Totentanz,” written for solo piano and orchestra, in addition to playing Philip Glass' solo piano piece “Mad Rush.” OSC will also present the first movement of the Eroica Symphony, a celebrated work by Beethoven.

“Liszt’s ‘Totentanz’ is possibly my favorite work of the whole 19th century and I’m excited to perform it with Oistrakh,” says Nickell. “The whole program will take listeners on a wild ride and I can’t wait to bring each piece to life for Chicago.”

The whirlwind weekend concludes with an intimate performance for invited guests at the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago, on Sunday afternoon, April 15. Nickell’s Chicago performances are part of his Spring 2018 tour which includes his Boston concert debut and culminates in a debut for both Nickell and OSC in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in June 2018.

Founded in 2005 by conductor and violinist Mina Zikri, Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago (OSC) is Chicago’s fastest growing symphony orchestra for young musicians.

“We are especially proud our mentorship program can include an up-and-coming soloist such as Thomas, providing an immeasurable performance experience for OSC musicians and allowing Thomas to grow as a performer through our continued engagement,” says Zikri.