American pianist Grace Nikae has established an international reputation as one of the leading and compelling artists of her generation. Thrilling and captivating audiences and critics alike with her exquisite artistry, blazing virtuosity, and passionate, individual style, Ms. Nikae has been hailed worldwide for her “poetic and fiery” playing and her performances of “superb technique and powerful expressiveness” on concert stages throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
In recent seasons, Ms. Nikae’s touring schedule has brought her in recital to distinguished halls such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Corcoran Gallery, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Nagaoka Cultural Center and Matsukata Hall in Japan. Festival appearances include Muskoka Lakes, Silver Bay, Viking, and Kuhmo, and she has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Past season highlights include tours of the US and Europe, including critically acclaimed recital debuts in Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, London, and Chicago, numerous solo tours of southern Japan, as well as the creation of the Grace Nikae Piano Seminar on Japan’s Okinoerabu Island, an intensive course of masterclasses, lectures, performances, and lessons which Ms. Nikae gives to aspiring young pianists, fostering their artistic and cultural vision.An ardent chamber musician, Ms. Nikae frequently collaborates with esteemed artists and with members of leading orchestras, including the Toronto, Boston, and Beijing Orchestras. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Madrid Chamber Players.
Renowned for her innovative and diverse programming, whether it be from Bach to Ligeti or from Mozart to Carter, Ms. Nikae’s variety of bold projects challenge and further explore the audience and performer’s connection with the piano solo and chamber repertoire, and is a testament to her commitment towards the continued evolution and development of her art. Projects in 2006-2007 included performances of the complete Beethoven sonatas for cello and piano in Zaragoza, performances of the complete Brahms sonatas for violin and piano which she will record with Ara Malikian, as well as the Piano Revolution Series, four recitals in which Ms. Nikae explored the solo piano works of 20th century composers (Ligeti, Kurtag, Xenakis, Boulez, Carter, Cage, Crumb, among many others) who have redefined the boundaries of the piano as an instrument.
A prizewinner and the highest-ranking American at the 1998 Ibla International Piano Competition in Italy, Ms. Nikae also won the 2000 Artists International Debut Prize, and was presented in her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001 to critical acclaim. New York Concert Review declared her “a musician able to summon a wonderful modicum of harmonic tension, musical lyricism and architectural coherence”. Her numerous other accolades include the 2005 Hawaii Music Award in Classical Music, first prize in piano at the 2002 Sorantin International Young Artist Competition, the prestigious 1995 Sterling Scholar Award in Music, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Competition, the Morning Music Club Scholarship Competition, the Mark Nevin Young Piano Scholarship Award, as well as the Paderewski Medal and the Cliburn Family and Liberace Memorial Scholarships from the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
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