Nigel Foster was born in London and studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Graham Johnson, and also privately with Roger Vignoles. At both the Academy and the Guildhall he won every prize and award available for piano accompaniment, and has been appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Nigel’s love of the song repertoire, and in particular English song, leads to a busy schedule performing on the concert platform. He has played for artists including Ian Partridge, Neil Jenkins, Stephen Varcoe, Jane Manning and violinist Madeleine Mitchell, as well as many of Britain’s leading young singers. He performs at major venues including the Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and St. John’s, Smith Square in London, and St David’s Hall in Cardiff. In his formative years Nigel played for Graham Johnson’s Songmakers Almanac, the Park Lane Group, several opera companies including Glyndebourne, and masterclasses for Sherrill Milnes, Nelly Miricioiu, Tom Krause, Thomas Hampson, Sarah Walker, Stuart Burrows and Ileana Cotrubas. He has particularly happy memories of his time as a rehearsal pianist for the late Sir Georg Solti, playing for singers including Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorgiu and Roberto Alagna. Nigel works closely with Sarah Walker in the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In addition to Strings in the Earth and Air, Nigel’s CD recordings include several discs of contemporary music and anthologies of songs of Alun Hoddinott and Mansel Thomas with baritone Jeremy Huw Williams for the Sain label; collections of English song with Stephen Varcoe and Georgina Colwell; and songs from Latin America with soprano Marina Tafur for the Lontano label. He features on the soundtrack of the French film L’Homme est une Femme comme les Autres.
Nigel performs extensively abroad, having played in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, USA, Canada, South America, Japan and Malaysia among other countries. His association with OperaPlus leads to regular playing and coaching in Belgium where he enjoys indulging in the local chocolates. He has radio and television credits in both Britain and continental Europe.