Piano with Thomas Nikora

Masterton-born, Wellington based pianist, musical director, and conductor Thomas Nikora’s journey began at the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) under the guidance of pianist Jian Lu, and he has a BMus and LTCL.

In 2016, Thomas became the Music Director of Cantoris Choir whilst holding positions as accompanist of Festival Singers, Orpheus Choir, and director of Wainuiomata Singers. During this time, he was singing with Nota Bene, the principal keyboard player for Orchestra Wellington, and later took on the role of répétiteur for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Thomas has kept an extensive roster of positions and is now currently working as accompanist at NZSM, as director of music at St. Peter’s on Willis, and more recently, as the founder and artistic director of the St. Peter’s Orchestra.

Thomas has a background in playing a diverse range of music from all genres. From a young age, he was brought up listening to heavy metal, and still has an eclectic taste in music and enjoys playing in every style from baroque to musical theatre. This broad expertise allows him to teach in a wide variety of genres. Thomas aims to encourage and inspire the development of any student with a variety of different methods. Sight reading and technical skills are important to him, but not at the expense of repertoire. 

Timetable and Enrolment


Term 1 2024
Start: 10th Feb
Finish: 6th April

NB: no sessions on Easter Saturday 30th March

Once you have made a booking we will contact you to arrange your lesson time. 


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms


Thomas Nikora

Target Market

All ages from 8 years.

(incl GST)

$356.00 for half hour lessons for 8 weeks (or pro-rata if term started already)
(longer lessons will be charged accordingly)


Child / Teen

Adult (over 18)

Our Location

Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243