The German-English pianist Nicholas Rimmer read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was also organ scholar. He continued his education in Germany, studying piano at the Hanover University of Music and Drama under Christopher Oakden, as well as song accompaniment in Berlin and chamber music in Cologne. He has established a successful and wide-ranging career in all these genres, appearing frequently at important European festivals and in halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, Gasteig Munich, Laieszhalle Hamburg and Zürich Tonhalle. As a soloist he has played with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Heidelberger Symphonikern and the London-based Ensemble Aurora.
Nicholas Rimmer won the German Music Competition as a piano accompanist in 2006 and again in 2010 as a member of the Leibniz Trio. Since 2007 he has played regularly with Nils Mönkemeyer; the duo’s first CD for Sony, Without Words, received an ECHO-Klassik Award in 2009. As a song accompanist Nicholas Rimmer was a prizewinner at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund and he regularly partners singers including Ronan Collett, Simon Bode and Sylvia Schwartz in recital. He has commissioned and given premières of works by Mike Svoboda, Joseph Finlay, Friedemann A. Treiber and Johannes Fischer, amongst others. Nicholas Rimmer has recorded for Sony, Genuin, cpo and other labels and has performed in many live and studio broadcasts for German Radio and BBC Radio 3. In January 2011 his début solo CD Acht Sauschneider and other improvisations appeared on the MVH-Music label and received glowing reviews. In December 2011 he was nominated by Fonoforum magazine as one of the “Rising stars of the year.” Nicholas Rimmer currently teaches chamber music and piano at the Hanover University of Music and Drama.
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