Biography

Christopher Tyler Nickel

 

 

 

With his music being heard in over 160 countries, award-winning composer Christopher Tyler Nickel has made a name for himself as a successful writer of concert music, music for theatre, as well as film and television music.

 

A graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Music with a degree in composition, Christopher studied with renowned Canadian composer Stephen Chatman. Upon graduation, he continued his studies in both New York and Los Angeles.

Nickel’s music is full of life: imagination, invention, variation – a deep understanding of the craft of composition. This is composition at its best – arresting and masterful. I was struck by Nickel’s extraordinary melodic flair, a satisfying blend of repetition and variation.

Allan Pulker – the Whole Note, Excerpts from “Music for Woodwind Choirs” Review

 

Christopher is the author of numerous concert works, which have been performed by orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Highlights include the 2002 performance by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic of his Fanfare for Freedom for an audience of 40,000. This concert was broadcast on live radio throughout the east coast of the United States for their 2002 Independence Day celebrations. Another highlight was the Vancouver Symphony’s outdoor performance of the aforementioned piece for an audience of 9,000.  Major works include a concerto for piccolo/flute/alto flute written especially for Sarah Jackson (piccolo of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) that was premiered in Vancouver; Tranquility for solo English Horn and orchestra premiered by Beth Orson (principal English Horn of the Vancouver Symphony); and the 2015 premiere of his Concerto for Oboe written for Roger Cole (principal oboe of the Vancouver Symphony). Christopher’s many orchestral performances include two world premieres by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. His theatre work includes a musical based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, music for CatchingART Contemporary Ballet, as well as composing music for director Christopher Gaze and the celebrated Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver.

 

“It’s cinematic. It shows off the orchestra. A beautiful piece of music.”

 Tony Kamnikar,  South Bend Symphony Operations Director – Interview in the South Bend Tribune

 

Other ensembles having performed Christopher’s works include the Champagne-Urbana Symphony (Illinois), Grand Rapids Symphony (Michigan), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Sammamish Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, The Black Hills Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic, DuPage Symphony,

College Light Opera Orchestra (Massachusetts), Vancouver Youth Symphony, Vancouver Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Fraser Valley Symphony, North Shore Sinfonia, North Bay Symphony, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, I Tromboni, Festival Wind Orchestra, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, West Coast Symphony, as well as many other university, youth and semi-professional and professional orchestras and concert bands.

 

In the world of film and television music, Christopher has composed for hundreds of hours of productions for clients that include Discovery, CBC, Corus, Sci-Fi, Hallmark, Alliance Atlantis, Lifetime, National Geographic, Teletoon, HGTV, and History. His scores include music for the acclaimed series Highway thru Hell, Heavy Rescue 401, and The Nature of Things. His many film and television scores have garnered him three SOCAN Awards, two Leo Award wins and thirteen nominations to date, and the 2004 Gold Metal for Best Score at the Park City Film Music Festival. His scores include Transparency starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Estella Warren, The Christmas Consultant starring David Hasselhoff and Caroline Rhea, All of my Heart, starring Lacey Chabert, Brennan Elliot, and Ed Asner, Love in Paradise starring Luke Perry, and Journey Back to Christmas starring Candice Cameron Bure and Tom Skerritt.

 

“…engaging and compelling…music that deserves a wide audience!”

The Province Newspaper

 

Recordings of Christopher’s concert music include the album Music for Woodwind Choirs on the Centrediscs label, which features his Symphony for Flute Choir and Suite for Two Oboes and Two English Horns. His expansive hour-long Symphony No.2 was recorded with the Northwest Sinfonia conducted by Clyde Mitchell; an album of three oboe concerti that include his Concerto for Oboe and Concerto for Oboe d’amore (both with soloist Mary Lynch, principal oboe of the Seattle Symphony), and Concerto for Bass Oboe (with Harrison Linsey as soloist) on AVIE Records; and his seven-hour long oratorio The Gospel According to Mark also conducted by Clyde Mitchell. Christopher’s music is published by C.F. Peters, Robert Wendel Music, C. Alan Publications, and the Canadian Music Centre.