Hando Nahkur is a winner of top prizes at international piano competitions in Canada, USA, Estonia, Italy, Russia and Greece. And a recipient of 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). 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. In America he has performed in more than 20 States. His CDs have won awards globally: “DeusExClavier” was named Record of the Year in Germany, “Waltzing Mephisto by the Danube” and “Lisztomania Vol.1” were awarded with Silver Medals at the Global Music Awards (USA). He has released 5 CDs (see Discography).
Born and raised in 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 performed with many symphony orchestras in Canada, USA, Costa Rica and Europe.
Recitals, master classes 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.
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.
He holds five degrees from four 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 Doctoral degree at the University of North Texas with Dr.Pamela Mia Paul. 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 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).
Hando 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.