A former artist-in-residence at BYU and a frequent guest soloist with the Utah Symphony and other major orchestras, Dr. Nibley is a longtime favorite with LDS audiences and is the composer of the delightfully reserved LDS hymn I Know My Father Lives.
When he was six years old Reid Nibley declared to his family that someday he would take an axe and smash all the pianos in the world. Although that project was never completed, young Mr. Nibley did deliver some smashing blows to the keyboard with the Glendale Symphony at age 13 and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17, followed quickly by appearances with the NBC Standard Symphony Hour and later the National Radio Symphony of Vienna. He has accompanied famous artists such as Spivakovsky, George Zukennan, the Paganini Quartet, and the Roth Quartet. Mr. Nibley received a doctor of music degree and headed the piano department at the prestigious University of Michigan School of Music and taught at Interlochen. After leaving Michigan he taught at the University of Utah, the University of Southern California, and—for 16 years—Brigham Young University. As official pianist with the Utah Symphony under maestro Maurice Abravanel, he appeared as soloist over 30 times.