A promising new talent, 19-year-old American pianist and Young Steinway Artist Thomas Nickell has already garnered recognition for energetic, refined, and focused performances in music centers throughout Europe and the United States. Since beginning his professional career at age thirteen, he has given public performances of important works by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Gershwin, Khachaturian, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, as well as his own compositions.
During the summer of 2017, Mr. Nickell embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom with the Orchestra of the Swan and Artistic Director David Curtis; located in Stratford-upon-Avon, the highly regarded orchestra has collaborated with Mr. Nickell on multiple occasions since 2015. Tour performances took place in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Lichfield, and London, featuring selections from Gershwin, Copland, and Dvořák.
In February 2017 Mr. Nickell made his official debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as soloist with the Orchestra of the Swan, premiering the Piano Concerto, Op. 111 by David Matthews, hailed as England’s greatest living composer.
Previous engagements include: orchestral collaborations with the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra under David Curtis, Italy’s Orchestra Fiati di Ancona directed by Mirco Barani, Chicago’s Oistrakh Symphony under Mika Zikri, and Poland’s Sinfonia Viva under Tomasz Radziwonowicz; as well as recitals at the tenth Annual ABC Gala at Carnegie Hall, the 53rd Festivale Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo, and in cities across Italy, Spain, Poland, and Japan.
This season he performs concerts in Boston honoring the City's Mayor, Martin J. Walsh and the Chief of Arts and Culture, Julie Burros. He then moves on to Chicago for three concerts with Maestro Mina Zikri and the Oistrakh Symphony, followed by his Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall debut with the Oistrakh in June.
Mr. Nickell is currently enrolled at the New School, Mannes College of Music, pursuing a double major in Piano Performance and Composition.
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- Boston, US. 24 March, 2018, Four Seasons Hotel
- Chicago, US. April 13, 2018, Jones College Prep
- Chicago, US. April 14, 2018, Garfield Park Conservatory
- Chicago, US. April 15 , 2018, Women's Athletic Club
- New York, US. June 3, 2018, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
- Stratford ArtsHouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. 15 July 2017 Lichfield Festival, Lichfield, UK. 12 July 2017
- Chiesa di Santa Maria di Portonovo, Portonovo, Italy. 27 May 2017
Thomas Nickell is only 19 years old, but already has a phenomenal control of the piano and an ever increasing reputation as a player’s player and composer. He joined the orchestra for a reading of one of George Gershwin’s better known pieces, Rhapsody in Blue. From the opening, technically demanding clarinet part, to the fleet piano playing, this was music making of the highest calibre. Read More >>
(Ben McNair, Lichfield Live)
On Nickell’s performance of the Beethoven Second Piano Concerto
Halfway through the first movement, I realize I must have forgotten to exhale: the music is flying by me, with its now-familiarity; and I am not concentrating.... Thomas’ self-penned Kadenz –playing to his percussive strength and love of the bottom quarter of the keyboard...is a stunning demonstration of strength and imagination–and perhaps provides us with an impression of the young Beethoven conspicuously improvising (the skill he was most famous for, at the time of the first performance). Read More >>
(Stephen Ward, the Bard of Tysoe)
Ascoltare Bach, Liszt o l’inarrivabile Rachmaninov popolarmente assurto a emblema di virtuosismo, incontrati (e non affrontati, giacché non vi è alcun affronto alla loro opera) da Nickell è una scoperta continua alla ricerca del sospiro, dell’attesa, del. Read More >>
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