One of classical music’s most promising young talents, 18 year-old pianist and Young Steinway Artist Thomas Nickell has played concert tours that have taken him to the world’s most prestigious venues, while still attending school. Living in New York, the musical prodigy began playing the piano at age five, and continues to garner recognition for his energetic, refined and focused performances. Having recently completed a three-continent tour that took him to cities in Europe, Japan, and the United States, he will perform the US premiere David Matthews’ Piano Concerto, Op. 111 on February 26, 2017 at Carnegie Hall with Stratford-upon-Avon's Orchestra of the Swan, directed by David Curtis.
Some of Nickell’s other orchestral credits include an appearance with Chicago’s Oistrakh Symphony under the baton of Mina Zikri, where he performed the Liszt Totentanz, and performances of two Bach concerti in Somianka, Poland with the Sinfonia Viva chamber orchestra, conducted by Tomasz Radziwonowicz.
“Being a pianist is often like being a detective,” says Nickell. "There are clues in the music that have to be recognized and examined to see where they fit into an overall understanding of a work. I like to read and know as much as possible about a composer, his life and all the history surrounding the composition of a work. These same kinds of details give context and perspective, which in turn help me craft a more nuanced understanding I hope makes the work more interesting for an audience."