Nikolett Pankovits was born in Budapest, Hungary. When she was 6 years old, she started to play the piano and took classical piano lessons for 8 years. Since she went to a musical elementary school she played the flute as well for 4 years. She was a member of several drama societies.
She went to the Ferenc Erkel music school for a year in Budapest (major in jazz vocal). She joined two guitar players and they formed a band called “Jazzstand”. They played in small clubs in Budapest and performed at a well-known local Hungarian festival called Valley of Arts. Later on she accepted an invitation from a drummer in 2008 to form a jazz quartet called “Under pressure”.From 1999 she played the lead role in a Hungarian musical for 5 years at the Margit Foldessy Drama Studio. Thanks to being in that Hungarian musical called “Képzelt riport egy amerikai popfesztiválról” (An Imaginary Report on an American Pop Festival), she had the opportunity to perform on the Sziget festival (one of the largest annual music festivals in Europe) in 2007 with one of the most famous Hungarian singer-songwriter, Gabor Presser who was also the composer of the piece.
In 2010 she joined the group Soulfood but she decided to move to NY in September. She studied for a year at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and transferred to City College in 2011.
In New York she formed an acoustic band and they play jazz and Hungarian tunes. Hungarian rhythms and melodies are beautiful and unique so they’re working on merging jazz with folkloric music.
Kis kece lányom
Nikolett Pankovits. Kis kece lányom. Folkloric song - Béla Bartók. New York, October 2012