“A performance of both exquisite precision and mature romanticism. Nickell’s mastery of the keyboard—however effortless and limpid in appearance—is never in doubt.”

– Stephen R. Ward


Young Thomas Nickell has garnered recognition for energetic, refined, and focused performances in music centers throughout Europe and the United States.

He appeared in recital in London last summer and made his debut as soloist with the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of David Curtis, and gave the London premiere of the David Matthews Piano Concerto, Opus 111, with the Orchestra of the Swan and Maestro Curtis.  Mr. Nickell also participated in recital last spring at the 53rd Festivale Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo in Mozzo, Italy, and played additional recitals in Bergamo, Milan, and Busseto, Italy. Previously he was heard as soloist with the Orchestra Fiati di Ancona in Osimo and Ancona, Italy, and he made his recital debut in León and Madrid, Spain; Venice and Bologna, Italy; and Somianka and Warsaw, Poland.  In 2014, Mr. Nickell travelled to Japan to perform recitals in Fujisawa and Tokyo. Mr. Nickell has appeared as soloist with Chicago’s Oistrakh Symphony, led by Mina Zikri, and as soloist with Poland’s Sinfonia Viva under Tomasz Radziwonowicz.  Mr. Nickell is currently enrolled at the New School, Mannes College of Music, studying piano with J Y Song, who holds a B.A. in Music and B.S. in Microbiology & Immunology from Stanford University, graduating with distinction and honors, a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School studying with legendary pedagogue and pianist Jerome Lowenthal, and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business. 

Mr. Nickell, who makes his home in New York City, likes to paint in his spare time and enjoys non-fiction, especially about composers.