Nikki Iles, pianist and composer, was a founder-member of the innovative Creative Jazz Orchestra - working with Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Her busy freelance career has found her playing with Peter Erskine (CJO), Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Julian Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann, Norma Winstone, Tony Coe, Tina May and Rufus Reid.
Her music has been commissioned and performed by influential ensembles such as The London Sinfionetta, The Creative Jazz Orchestra, the London Philharmonic's 'Renga' ensemble and Tim Garland's Underground Orchestra.
A committed Educator, Nikki is continually in demand in the UK and abroad. She is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University and a visiting Professor at The Guildhall School of Music, The Royal Academy and Trinity College of Music. She has also taught throughout Europe and has been a regular visitor to Australia.
Nikki has received an IAJE award in America for her services to Jazz and her profile as a performer has been duly recognised here with a British Jazz Award. In addition Nikki was nominated this year for a Parliamentary Jazz Award and two composition fellowships.