Nyke Van Wyk
At the age of five Nyke began his training as a classical violinist under the teaching of Joe Bischoff, furthering his studies with Emily Faxon. At age nine, he auditioned and was invited to become a member of the Allegro Chamber Youth Orchestra in Orange County, New York under the direction of Conductor Vicktor Prizgintas.
While a member of Allegro, Nyke had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Library in Boston, The White House, and a tour of Italy, among many other performances including Walt Disney World's Epcot Center.
Seeking to broaden his musical styles, Nyke began studying Traditional Celtic/Irish music with Alison Gillespie of "Blackwater," then expanding into Rock, R & B, and Jazz. With this diversification Nyke began working as a studio musician with Producer Joshua Paul Thompson at "Tallest Tree Studios" and Bret Alexander at "Saturation Acres." He has also worked with various artists in studios in New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and California.
Nyke has toured extensively throughout the United States as part of an award winning acoustic duo with Guitarist Scott McKenna. He also performs regularly on stages around Northern Pennsylvania with "Giants of Despair."
Nyke is widely known for his signature blend of Traditional and Modern styles along with an abundance of infectious energy that clearly reflects his passion for music and performance.
For more information about Nyke Van Wyk, visit his official website:
"Brandon Kent had introduced me to Nyke after meeting him at a music demonstration where he had been playing with Guitarist Scott McKenna. I know the level of musicianship that Brandon is accustomed to, so when he spoke of Nyke, and I could hear the excitement breaking through in his voice as he told me of this amazing young violinist I knew that we had to get a look at him and fast.
Nyke sat in with us on a rehearsal and we asked him to improvise during the solo section of one of the newer pieces titled "Passion." Within three minutes he had won the respect and the hearts of everyone of us in that room. We had a small audience that evening and the moment he was through they erupted in applause. That evening when I returned home, I reviewed the video footage from the rehearsal and had to rewind several times as every time I listened to what this young man had played I discovered another layer to the performance. You have to see this kid to believe it. He's that good... Nyke is now one of the family and I owe my buddy Brandon big time!