American pianist Nicholas King, hailed by LA Weekly as “making his mark in the classical music world” is becoming recognized as an accomplished solo and chamber music performer. A Los Angeles native, King has performed in major concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, Austria, France, and Poland. A recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the 2008 Jack Kent Cooke Award, Nicholas currently holds the distinction of being the first freshman to have ever won The Royal Conservatory of Music Glenn Gould School (RCM) Concerto Competition.
His performances have been enthusiastically received–his July 2010 concerto performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall garnered a standing ovation. As a result of his Jury’s Choice Award at the American Paderewski Competition, King was invited to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Torun Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Hall of the Arthus House in Torun, Poland in August 2010. In May 2012, he was invited to perform in a piano showcase at Carnegie Hall. King has appeared on National Public Radio affiliates and other outlets in California, Alaska, and Ohio. His 2008 performance of Beethoven’s “Waldstein” sonata was broadcast to over 26 million listeners.
King’s passion and altruism has inspired him to give his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations. Before the age of 10, Nicholas raised more than $35,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. His amazing acts of kindness at an early age drew national media attention, and culminated with a live performance on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. His continued philanthropic efforts were recognized by the United States Government, which bestowed upon Mr. King at the age of 11, the Congressional Medal of Recognition. King has continued to develop his philanthropic efforts as the founder and director of Art of Giving Back (AGB) –a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young classical musicians, giving back to the community and revitalizing classical music. With an international roster of nearly 40 volunteer artists, AGB serves as a supportive community and a resource for young rising artists by providing guidance and assistance. The organization is establishing residencies in universities nationwide in order to provide artistic community enrichment and student instruction.
King currently studies with Angela Cheng at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he is pursuing an Artist Diploma on a full scholarship. He holds a Performance Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music–Glenn Gould School, and previously studied at Loyola Marymount University. King counts Marc Durand and Dr. Wojciech Kocyan as mentors and major musical influences.