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Nikolaos is a 19-year-old, second year bachelor student at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Petr Prause. He moved to the UK at the age of 16, receiving a music scholarship at Millfield School.
He has been playing the cello since the age of 5, joining the ‘New Conservatoire of Thessaloniki’ where he played with different musicians, partitipated on large orchestral projects and performed in various recitals.
Moving to the UK he studied with Lucy Schotchmer, exploring a different music styles, from baroque to contemporary. During his last year of school he became a member of the 'Millfield Piano trio' where they particitpated on various competitions around the country, winning the first prize at the Midsomerset festival.
From September 2017 he moved to Manchester, for his high education. At the RNCM he became a member of the 'Theseus Quartet', learning and performing a various different chamber music works. During the academic year he performs on different events and projects organised by either students or RNCM, such as, Brand New Orchestra, Film Recording Orchestra, Chamber Music Festival. Furthermore he has received lessons and masterclasses by reowned teachers, including, Leonard Elschenbroich, Vashti Hunter, Jonian Ilias Kadesha and others.
He has participated in various masterclasses and courses around Greece, on different fields, historical performance, chamber music and solo. Since 2015 he has been taking part at the 'Pelion Festival' receiving tuition from highly experienced teachers (Ulrich Voss, Angelos Liakakis and Vasilis Saitis). There is a variety of ensebles which he gets invlolved, such as, cello orchestra, chamber music and solo performances.
My teaching experience mostly comes from summer courses and festivals, where I have been keen on giving some individual lessons to younger or less experienced cellists.
2013: Vlasti (Ptolemaida) summer music course, organised by ‘Synchrono Odeio Thessalonikis’
2017: Pelion Music festival
Each level and age of music students requires a different teaching approach. I give different priorities with each student, mostly depending on their age and level of playing.
With beginners and young students, I try to make the lesson exciting, keeping variation, making it like a game, so there the motivation is kept high. Practically, at young ages I mostly teach through visual and manual guidance. Children that age learn quickly, by imitating a visual model or with kinaesthetic direction.
With more experienced and older students, I have a more structured approach to teaching. Focusing on specific technical weaknesses every week and discuss how we can apply the learned technique into the chosen repertoire. With advanced students I also want to get into brief discussions on ways of interpreting repertoire and exchanging ideas.
With casual students I am open for them to structure the lesson, I am keen on exploring new repertoire and elaborate techniques.
Regardless of the level or age, each student works differently. The teacher needs to find the best way of working with each student, through being understandable to his/her character and the way of thinking.
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Additional Languages: Greek
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2013) - grade 8 (School) (✘ Not On File)
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