Christopher Tyler Nickel (b. 1978, British Columbia) is a Canadian composer.
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.
Mr. Nickel made a name for himself as a successful writer of concert music, music for theatre, as well as film and television music. He is the author of numerous concert works, which have been performed by orchestras 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, a performance that was also broadcast live on the U.S. East Coast for their July 4th celebrations. Other works include a concerto for piccolo/flute/alto flute, Tranquility for solo English horn and orchestra, which was premiered by 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.
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, and the History Channel. His scores include music for Highway thru Hell, which premiered as the highest rated show on the Discovery networks ever.
His awards include 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 eight Leo Award nominations.
Christopher’s arrangements and orchestrations can be heard in numerous television series, video games, concert works and musicals. Christopher’s orchestrations can also be heard in the feature films Age of Heroes (starring Sean Bean), and the critically acclaimed A Lonely Place to Die and Treasure Guards.
Works for Winds
- Christmas Morning
- Concerto for Oboe (2012/2020)
- Fanfare for Vancouver (2010)
- One Moment Under the Stars (2005)
- Toccata for Wind Ensemble
- Christopher Tyler Nickel, personal correspondence, May 2020
- Christopher Tyler Nickel website Accessed 17 May 2020
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Christopher Tyler Nickel." Accessed 14 May 2020