ABOUT THOMAS NICKELL
Having been dubbed “The American Mozart” for his skills as both a pianist and composer, and labeled “a genius” by Italian music critics, seventeen year-old Young Steinway Artist Thomas Nickell is rapidly garnering praise for his strong interpretations and insightful readings of some of the piano’s most demanding literature.
Living and going to school in New York, he already boasts a dozen Carnegie Hall performances, two international commissions, and a recent three-continent tour that took him to Italy, Spain, Japan, and cities throughout the United States.
Continuing to distinguish himself as one of the rising stars of his generation, audiences and critics alike credit him with not only an energetic and refined musical presence, but also a sensitivity and ability to interpret that extends well beyond his years, helped in large part by his own approach to study and performance.
“Being a good pianist is often like being a good detective,” says Nickell. “There are clues everywhere in the music that must be first recognized, then examined to see where they fit into an overall understanding of a work. Some clues are easy to see, and others remain hidden until you have played pieces many times. One uncovers these clues best by learning about composer his life, and anything that can influence the music, even before sitting at the piano to read the score.”
Having already appeared in debuts with Chicago's Oistrakh Symphony conducted by Mina Zikri, as well as Poland’s Sinfonia Viva under Tomasz Radziwonowicz, Nickell makes his UK debut this year in performances with the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan, both conducted by David Curtis. He will also give the London premiere of Piano Concerto, Op. 111 by David Matthews, long-considered Britain’s greatest living composer, as well as the US premiere of the same work at Carnegie Hall in 2017.