Sarah Nicolls

Sarah Nicolls is a UK-based experimental pianist, at the forefront of innovations in piano performance. She works with interactive technologies, such as body sensors and motion capture to augment the acoustic piano, bringing it into the realm of electronic music with visceral live performances. She also invented the Inside-out piano, a sculptural feast of an instrument designed to be played inside and out. She is currently recording an album of her own music on it and has recently been given funding to build the second prototype.

In the rest of her concert career, Sarah Nicolls is a frequent soloist with the London Sinfonietta (England, UK), giving world premieres such as Larry GovesPiano Concerto and Richard Barrett’s Mesopotamia. She is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and features on several CDs.

Sarah Nicolls is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University and has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund (BRIEF), Athena SWAN, and Arts Council England. She writes about live electronics and compositional collaborations and has been published in the Leonardo Music Journal.

As Artistic Director of the BEAM (Brunel Electronic and Analogue Music) Festival, she will be the Music Chair for NIME 2014 in London (England, UK).


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Sarah Nicolls

Newcastle upon Tyne (England, UK)

Residence: London (England, UK)

  • Composer
  • Performer (piano)