About Hando

“..His performance was fascinating.. his interpretation can rightfully hold its own even against the legendary pianists Wilhelm Kempff or Martha Argerich..”


Nahkur is a winner of many top prizes at international piano competitions in Canada, USA, Estonia, Italy, Russia and Greece. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Golden Medal of Merit (Canada), Harold von Mickwitz Prize (USA) and Diplomat of the Nation certificate of merit by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Estonia). Besides America he has toured in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Israel, Canada and other countries. Recitals and performances at International Piano Festivals: Aspen Music Festival (USA), TCU-Cliburn Piano Institute (USA), The International Holland Music Sessions (The Netherlands), Festival Internacional de Piano (Mexico), Klaver (Estonia), St. Andrews Summer Festival (Canada) and PianoTexas International Academy & Festival (USA) to name a few. In America he has performed in more than 20 States.
Born and raised in Tallinn, Estonia, Hando has lived in the States since 2003. At age fifteen, he made his debut with the Estonian National Opera Orchestra and a year later he already debuted with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has regularly performed with many symphony orchestras in Canada, USA, Costa Rica and Europe.
His CDs have won awards globally: “DeusExClavier” was named “Record of the Year” in Germany. “Waltzing Mephisto by the Danube” was awarded with Silver Medals both in Instrumentalist and Classical Music categories at Global Music Awards (USA).
Besides his activities as a concert pianist, Nahkur holds a Teaching Fellow position at the University of North Texas in Denton and Director of Music position at Christ Lutheran Church in Dallas. Previously he worked at University of Dallas and Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. He has given master classes for pianists in the States and Europe.

“..Hando’s fingers blurred as he flew through difficult passages full of ever developing scales, arpeggios and motivic elements.. His presentation was so natural and effortless, it was hypnotic to behold..”


Nahkur is also a music arranger and frequently performs his arrangements in concerts. His original piano arrangements were published for the first time in 2014 by Alfred Music (USA).
He has released 5 CDs (see Discography):
Works by.. (HN Productions)
DeusExClavier (ERP)
O Holy Night (HN Productions)
Waltzing Mephisto by the Danube (ERP)
Lisztomania Vol.1 (HN Productions)

“..His playing showed an amazing pianistic maturity... his talent amazed the audience from the very first measures he played, his forte made the piano tremble, his pianissimo was like a musical caress..”


He holds 5 degrees from 4 American universities: Yale University School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Texas Christian University School of Music and SMU Meadows School of the Arts. He is the first recipient of the prestigious Artist Diploma at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. His teachers were Boris Berman, Gabriel Chodos, Tamás Ungár and Joaquín Achúcarro. Currently he is finishing his Doctorate degree with Dr.Pamela Mia Paul at the University of North Texas. In Estonia, he studied at the Tallinn Music High School and Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre with Ülle Sisa, Erna Saar, parents Anu & Toivo Nahkur, Aleksandra Juozapenaite-Eesmaa, Kristjan Mäeots (percussion), Olav Ehala (arranging) and Ants Sööt (conducting).

“..Nahkur is a musician whose performances are loved by the critics..”


Recitals and performances with symphony orchestras: Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, TX), Amsterdam Concertgebouw (The Netherlands), Boston Symphony Hall (Boston, MA), Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco, CA) Theater of Markopoulo Mesogaias (Greece), Vienna Konzerthaus (Austria), George Weston Hall (Canada), Harris Concert Hall (Aspen, CO), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA), Jordan Hall (Boston, MA), Steinway Hall (New York City, NY) and National Theatre of Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica) to name a few.

“Nahkur’s playing is brilliant.. He plays with impressive ease, remarkable clarity and incendiary energy..”