"Powerful, Soul searching... beckons you enter within"
New York Creations Magazine
Mr. Nichols diverse and often epic interpretations have captivated audiences in film soundtracks, concert halls, theater, radio and television. “Masterful," "Powerful," "Soul-searching," he is capable of the most intense fire as well as the finest delicacy. He has a gift for the transcendent. "He beckons you enter within” writes New York’s "Creations Magazine." A master of the art of improvisation, Mr Nichols has created entire works on the spot during performance, many of which are available on video and CD including the medieval chant-inspired CD "Evidence," released to critical acclaim in 1996. His piano artistry and compositions have been heard in the soundtracks of Corsair Pictures "Miss Firecracker" (1989), 123 Productions "Dancing Across Borders" (2009), and Pacifica Radio Network's "Talk More," (2000) as well as on radio programs in Italy, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Japan. Mr Nichols' ambient-music CD productions for Burning Water Rebellion label have been featured on nationally syndicated NPR and PRI radio programs "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes."
Born in Nashville Tennessee, Nichols young years as a pianist were infused with a passion for composing music and creating improvisations in addition to playing the classical piano repertoire. A dedicated composer/ pianist by age thirteen, he was a winner of piano competitions and the recipient of numerous awards under the guidance of Betty Clark Moore and duo-pianists Allison Nelson and Harry Lee Neal. He continued his studies with William Doppmann and Nancy Burton Garrett at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree. After pursuing post-graduate studies, Mr Nichols reputation as an improvisational pianist brought him to New York where he worked as soundtrack pianist for Corsair Pictures, rehearsal pianist for actress Holly Hunter, accompanist for jazz singers at New York’s “Eighty-Eights” and pianist at American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet. A 1994 collaboration with medieval ensemble "Sequentia" singer Janet Youngdahl resulted in the creation of the meditative ambient music CD "Evidence." Since 2011 Mr Nichols has devoted himself to concertizing and composing. The composition of his solo piano work "Trinity" was completed in 2015. A recording of the epic work is part of a forthcoming double CD release scheduled for 2018.