Harald Nickoll was born in Aachen and studied choir and orchestra conducting, guitar and viola da gamba as majors as well as piano and singing at the conservatory of Rhineland. In 1983 he founded the chamber choir Carmina Mundi (Aachen). He complemented his education with master classes by Uwe Grotestay, Helmut Rilling, Eric Ericson, Dan Olof Stenlund, Kurt Suttner and Carl Hoegst.
In addition to his commitment to Carmina Mundi Nickoll is conductor of ”Collegium Byzantinum”, an Aachen based ensemble specialized in Romanian-Byzantine choral music, and until 1994 he also conducted the ”Niederrheinisches Vocalensemble Duisburg”. Harald Nickoll is director of the music school of the city of Aachen.
With Carmina Mundi he published numerous CDs (with the labels ebs-records, audite and Dabringhaus & Grimm) that were well received internationally.
Concerts at home and abroad, recordings for the radio, debut performances and premier recordings, several prized at international competitions, and the winning title in the German federal contest held in Kiel in 2006 account for his success with Carmina Mundi.
He is regularly invited as lecturer for choir conducting, vocal training and just intonation.
For many years Harald Nickoll has concentrated on phenomena of sound and harmony such as sound density, sustainability, tone and conveyance. A choral voice and hearing training especially designed for these aspects is constantly refined and applied by him.
As initiator and cofounder of the international choir biennial which takes place every second year in Aachen he is an active member of the artistic advisory board.
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