"Powerful, Soul searching... beckons you enter within"
New York Creations Magazine
Mr. Nichols' diverse and often epic interpretations have captivated audiences in film soundtracks, concerts, theater, radio and television. A master of the art of improvisation, Mr Nichols has also created entire works during performance including the medieval chant-inspired "Evidence," released on CD to critical acclaim in 1996. His piano artistry, compositions and productions have been featured in the soundtracks of Corsair Pictures "Miss Firecracker" (1989), 123 Productions "Dancing Across Borders" (2009), Pacifica Radio Network's "Talk More" (2000), and on nationally syndicated NPR and PRI programs "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" (2003) as well as on radio programs in italy, Norway, Germany, France, spain and Japan.
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 reipient of numerous awards under the guidance of Betty Clark Moore and duo-pianists Allison Nelson and Harry Lee Neal. After completing his studies with William Doppmann and Nancy Burton Garrett at the University of Texas at Austin, 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, jazz pianist at New York’s “Eighty-Eights” and pianist at American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet. His 1994 collaboration with the medieval "Sequentia" ensemble singer Janet Youngdahl led to the creation of the 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.