Hando Nahkur

Described as “consistently amazing in his ability to blend both the technical and interpretive demands of his repertoire,” (WholeNote) internationally acclaimed pianist Hando Nahkur has captivated audiences around the globe in performances as a recitalist, soloist, and collaborative artist. He has appeared with orchestras in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Estonia, Sweden, and Germany. In recital, he has performed at major concert venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Theatre in Costa Rica, and the Casa de la Cultura de Reynosa in Mexico. Local audiences have enjoyed his performances at the Meyerson Symphony Center and Steinway Hall in Fort Worth.

Hando was the National Winner of the Eurovision International Competition for Musicians in Austria, and a special prize winner in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. As a recording artist, Hando has seven solo albums to his credit. His recording DeusExClavier reached the top of the music charts in Europe and was named “Record of the Year” by ZEIT-ONLINE in Germany.

Passionate about inspiring students to express themselves musically at the highest level possible, Hando has 20 years of teaching experience. He has served on the faculties of the University of Dallas, Lexington Music School, and Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts.

A native of Estonia, Hando received his early training at the Tallinn Music High School and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He relocated to the United States for additional studies and earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Yale University, and University of North Texas.