Nial was born in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 05, 1981. He played and had classical piano lessons since the age 5. In the house he heard a lot of jazz from his father's jazz collection. And he also heard his father playing bass in the local clubs. Nial was not into jazz until 1996, when he heard the Pat Metheny Group playing at a concert in Jakarta. Since then, at the age of 14 yrs he was bitten by the jazz bug. The rest is history.