A native of Thailand, Nicha Pimthong holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa where she studied piano with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova and piano pedagogy with Dr. Alan Huckleberry. From 2016-2019, Nicha had been awarded the Iowa Performance Assistantship, which has led her to extensively work and perform with the nationally-acclaimed Center for New Music. An advocate for contemporary music, Nicha has given numerous premieres at the University of Iowa School of Music, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, throughout the Midwest and Southeast Asia. Nicha received her Master of Music degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University in 2016, where she held graduate assistantship in piano accompanying and was under the tutelage of Dr. Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu. In 2014, Nicha obtained her Bachelor of Music degree with first class honors from Mahidol University in Thailand, studying with Dr. Eri Nakagawa while receiving merit scholarships throughout her studies. Her performing career has taken her to various countries including France, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. As a sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician, she has performed with renowned musicians such as saxophonist Kenneth Tse and pianist Solungga Liu. Nicha was also chosen to perform in master classes coached by internationally celebrated pianist Emanuel Ax and prestigious ensembles such as Kronos Quartet, Cecilia Quartet, and Elias Quartet.
Nicha is prize-winner of national and international piano competitions such as the Trinity Guildhall National Youth Piano Competition, the Bangkok Chopin Piano Competitions, the Thailand First Mozart International Piano Competition, and the Kawai Piano Competition, receiving the Royal Trophy from Princess Petcharat Ratchasuda of Thailand. Nicha received Licentiate diploma, LTCL recital in piano performance with the highest score in Thailand from the Trinity Guildhall College of Music, London. In 2012, she was invited as a guest pianist to perform in Trinity Award Thailand was also invited by UCSI University School of Music to give a debut joint piano recital at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as a winner piano recital in Bangkok.
In addition to her piano studies, Nicha is actively engaged in various academic and leadership disciplines; she recently presented her musicological research at the 20th Annual Jakobsen Memorial Graduate Conference at the University of Iowa and served as a Master of Ceremony at several classical music events including a concert honoring General Prem Tinsulanonda, former president of the Privy Council of Thailand. At Bowling Green State University, she was the representative for the piano area on the Student Advisory Council, working with the dean of the College of Musical Arts and was elected to serve in the collegiate chapter of Ohio Music Teachers Association. Nicha won the Music Summer 2019 Research Support Award and was invited to give Asia premieres of new music by Iowa composers at Mahidol University College of Music in July 2019. In November 2019, Nicha has also been selected as the recipient of the Student Impact Grant award from the University of Iowa Office of the President. Nicha enjoys serving at her church as a congregational pianist, church camp committee, singer, choir member, and sermon translator. She also frequently organizes outreach events bringing music to surrounding communities including retirement home, hospital, and public library. Throughout her musical journey, Nicha holds J.S. Bach’s remark close to her heart: “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
Nicha joined the Prairie Music & Arts virtual piano faculty in the fall of 2020, while also maintaining an active role as a solo and collaborative pianist, as well as chamber musician in the University of Iowa community.