With solo recitals and orchestral appearances worldwide to his credit, 20 year-old American pianist and composer Thomas Nickell has already garnered recognition for energetic, refined, and focused performances. Ben Macnair of Lichfield Live credits him with “music-making of the highest calibre,” while Frank Daykin of New York Concert Review proclaims “this is a big, big talent. I so admire his intellectual curiosity and innovative programming.”
Currently focusing on his talents as a composer, he continues to perform many of his own works for solo piano in concert, in addition to collaborating with singers and other instrumentalists.
In June 2018, Mr. Nickell made his Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall debut with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago and conductor Mina Zikri, performing Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, Liszt’s Totentanz, and giving the world premiere of his own composition, “Innisfree.”
In that same month he also premiered music for a ballet entitled Youthquake, which he co-wrote with percussionist Fiona Stocks-Lyons, that was performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet, with choreography by Christopher D’Ariano. This collaboration is also being reprised in June of this year with a second ballet to be presented by the same company.
He returns to the stage of Zankel in June of 2019 as soloist with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago, presented in association with the Alexander & Buono Foundation.