"Lovely, expansively heartfelt"
- New York Concert Review (USA, Carnegie Hall)
"5 out of 5 stars: Exquisite, magically radiant"
- Music OMH (UK, Wigmore Hall)
"A clear demonstration of her virtuosity and powers of persuasion"
- Pianowereld Magazine (Netherlands, Concertgebouw Hall)
American pianist Grace Nikae has established an international reputation as one of the leading and compelling artists of the new generation of young artists. 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.
Ms. Nikae’s schedule of concerti, recital, and chamber engagements takes her around the world every year. She has appeared as recitalist in many of the world’s foremost halls including Carnegie Hall, the Corcoran Gallery, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London's Wigmore Hall, and Matsukata Hall in Japan. Festival appearances include Muskoka Lakes (Canada), Silver Bay (New York), and Kuhmo (Finland), and she has performed as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Japan. An ardent chamber musician, Ms. Nikae also frequently collaborates with esteemed artists and with members of leading orchestras, and is the artistic director of the Madrid Chamber Players.
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. 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 1995 Sterling Scholar Award in Music, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Competition, the Morning Music Club Scholarship Competition, as well as the Paderewski Medal and the Cliburn Family and Liberace Memorial Scholarships from the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Ms. Nikae began her musical education at the age of 9 months with her mother and her first public performance was at the age of three. Her debut as orchestral soloist came at the age of eight with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and at the age of thirteen, she performed her news-making solo recital debut in Japan. Her teachers have included Martin Canin of The Juilliard School and the legendary Alexander Slobodyanik, and she also pursued a degree in European History at Columbia University.