Imagining musical landscapes: Young pianist Thomas Nickell on a life lived in music

On 3 June, 19-year-old Thomas Nickell will make his debut in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall as soloist in Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, accompanied by the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago under the baton of Mina Zikri. The program will also include Liszt’s Totentanz and one of Nickell’s own compositions. It should be a defining moment in the young musician’s career, but Nickell, an artist demonstrating an incredible level of artistic maturity for his age, is trying to remain level-headed about it.

Fei Wu