Performance will be presented by the Alexander & Buono Foundation & hosted by CBS Evening News Anchor, Jeff Glor
New York, New York, May 14, 2018 – 19-year-old American Pianist and Young Steinway Artist, Thomas Nickell, will make his debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 1:30 P.M. Nickell will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago and conductor Mina Zikri, presented in association with the Alexander & Buono Foundation. The program will also include Liszt’s Totentanz and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, as well an original composition by Mr. Nickell. Jeff Glor, anchor of the CBS Evening News, will serve as Honorary Chair and Host, and the afternoon’s festivities will honor the Sing for Hope organization for their mission to uplift lives through the arts in New York City.
A promising new talent, Thomas Nickell has already garnered recognition for energetic, refined, and focused performances in music centers throughout Europe and the United States. In a few short years, Nickell has given public performances of important works by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Gershwin, Khachaturian, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, as well as his own compositions.
“Thomas is a very hard working young musician who loves exploring all hidden treasures in a piece of music,” states Mina Zikri. “I’m always amazed by how much he can absorb and how fast he learns. When you listen to Thomas, you know that you’re listening to music coming from the heart.”
Tickets start at $40.00 and can be purchased by visiting carnegiehall.org, calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the box office at the performance hall located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. Student and senior discount tickets are available at the box office. In addition to a stellar performance, the afternoon will also mark the official launch of Mr. Nickell’s latest recording, which will be available for purchase exclusively at Carnegie Hall before becoming available to the public on June 4th via thomasnickell.com.
Nineteen-year-old Thomas Nickell continues to garner praise for his strong interpretations and insightful readings of some of piano’s most demanding literature. An array of accolades mark the progress of his career, among them having been named a Young Steinway Artist. Selection for the prestigious honor—one shared by less than 80 other pianists throughout the world—came to Nickell at age 15, a year before he was able to accept it as the minimum age requirement is 16 years old. Continuing to distinguish himself through performances around the world, audiences and critics credit Nickell with not only an energetic and refined musical presence, but also a sensitivity and ability to interpret that extends well beyond his years. As a composer, Nickell has had his works performed in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago
The Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago was founded in 2005. The orchestra draws young professionals and recent graduates from major music programs in the area, in particular the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, with whom it has a strong professional relationship. The Oistrakh Symphony frequently performs symphonic and chamber orchestra concerts, bringing in well-known featured soloists. The mission of the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago is to offer audiences and musicians exposure to a broad classical repertoire performed at the highest level.
The Alexander & Buono Foundation
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established in 2008 with a mission to identify the world’s most promising classical musicians and help them launch and sustain careers, while developing new audiences who understand, value and appreciate classical music.