Nigel Foster was born in London and studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where his teachers were Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside. At both the Academy and the Guildhall he won every prize and award available for piano accompaniment. In 2015 Nigel was appointed a Steinway Artist.
He was rehearsal pianist for Sir Georg Solti towards the end of Solti’s career. Although he has worked with other instrumentalists (notably violinist Madeleine Mitchell), it is for his work with singers that Foster is best known; he has performed and recorded with singers including Roderick Williams, Nicky Spence, Sarah Walker, Yvonne Kenny, Philip Langridge and Stephen Varcoe.
Nigel is the founder & artistic director of the London Song Festival, which is noted for its innovative themed concerts, and which provides a showcase for young singers and pianists. His international performing career has taken him all over Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the Americas (USA, Canada, Colombia) & broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM & on French, Welsh & Greek TV. He has given masterclasses and led workshops in the song repertoire at summer courses and music programmes across Europe and the USA.