Award-winning composer Christopher Tyler Nickel has made a name for himself as a successful writer of concert music, music for the 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. His music is now heard in over 160 countries, and his credits include four of the top docu-reality television series: Highway thru Hell, Heavy Rescue 401., and Game of Homes.
In the world of film and television music, Christopher has composed music for hundreds of hours of film and television productions for clients that include the Discovery Channel, Corus Entertainment, Syfy Channel, Hallmark, Alliance Atlantis Television, YTV, Lifetime, NBC, the National Film Board of Canada, National Geographic, Teletoon, Cinetel, HGTV, Telefilm Canada, W-Network, Animal Planet, TLC, and the History Channel.
In the world of concert music Christopher is the author of numerous commissioned works, which have been performed byorchestras and chamber ensembles in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In 2002, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performed his “Fanfare for Freedom” for an audience of 40,000. This performance was also broadcast live on the U.S. east coast for their July 4th celebrations. Another highlight was the Vancouver Symphony’s performance of that same work for an audience of 9,000 at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby. Other works include a concerto for piccolo/flute/alto flute written especially for Sarah Jackson (piccolo of the Los Angeles Philharmonic), Tranquility for solo English horn and orchestra, which was premiered by the Vancouver Symphony’s English hornist, Beth Orson, and in 2015 the premiere of his Oboe Concerto written for Roger Cole, principal oboe of the Vancouver Symphony. Other major works include a Requiem for full orchestra, choir, and solo soprano; a concerto for solo oboe d’amore, and a Te Deum for choir and chamber orchestra.
His awards include a 2016 SOCAN Award for music in a television movie, the 2004 Gold Metal for Best Action Score at the Park City Film Music Festival, the 2002 Golden Key International Performing Arts Award for Musical Composition, two 2009 JPF awards for “Best Contemporary Classical Album” as well as “Best Contemporary Classical Song”, and nine Leo Award nominations.
Christopher has produced two albums of his own: Horizons recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, and Rain, which features soprano Catherine Redding, English horn soloist Beth Orson, as well as large orchestra and choir. Christopher also produced Catherine Redding’s debut album Lullaby, and provided arrangements for the premiere concert performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He is currently working on a musical based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.