Nicholas Rimmer was born in England and read Music at Clare College, Cambridge before studying piano at Hanover University of Music and Drama with Christopher Oakden. He continued his chamber music studies with Wolfram Rieger and the Alban Berg Quartet.

He won the 'Preis des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs' twice over: as collaborative pianist in 2006 and with the Leibniz Trio in 2010. In 2009 he received the Parkhouse Award in London with Nils Mönkemeyer.

Rimmer has performed at internationally renowned festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Aldeburgh, Schwetzingen, Ludwigsburg, Lucerne and Lockenhaus. He has appeared at major concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Wien and Gasteig Munich. As a soloist he has played with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie.

His recordings include three highly successful albums with Nils Mönkemeyer for Sony Classical as well as two solo CDs for the independent label MVH Music. His recording of the complete works for violin and piano by Wolfgang Rihm (Naxos) with violinist Tianwa Yang received a Diapason d'Or, a Pizzicato Supersonic Award and an International Record Review 'Outstanding' Award.

His regular ensembles include Trio Gaspard and the Trio Belli-Fischer-Rimmer, which performs music for the unique and experimental combination of trombone, percussion and piano. He has premièred and commissioned works by Mike Svoboda, Johannes Fischer and Joseph Finlay amongst others. His chamber music partners include Maximilian Hornung, Nils Mönkemeyer, Lena Neudauer, Gabriel Schwabe and Tianwa Yang. Rimmer also works extensively as a Lieder accompanist and he is co-founder of the innovative recital series 'Klangwerk Lied' in Freiburg. He works regularly with some of the most interesting young singers such as Simon Bode, Ronan Collett, Katharina Persicke, Anna Lucia Richter and Sylvia Schwartz.

In 2011 the magazine Fonoforum nominated Nicholas Rimmer as one of the "Emerging artists of the Year".