Nicolas Melis was born in Larnaca, Cyprus in 1982.
During his childhood he received piano lessons from George Arvanitakis and Eleni Gerani. At the age of 16 he attained the Piano Soloist Diploma summa cum laude from L.E.A Academy of Music (Lykeio Ellinidon Ammohostou) in Larnaca.
In 2000 he moved to Germany to study Piano Performance in Classical Music with Professor Markus Tomas at the University of Music and Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig, Germany (MA Piano Performance). Later on he accomplished his studies in Contemporary Improvisation with professors Janosch Wozniak, Tilo Augsten and Peter Jarschow.
Nicolas Melis represented Cyprus at the international music festival ‘Steinway for young pianists’ in Hamburg, Germany. He has won numerous competition awards at national and international level, including a ‘Grand Prix’ at the 3rd International Piano Competition of ‘Evangelia Tziarri’ Music Foundation for young pianists, the 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition for young musicians of H.O.N in Athens, Greece and a special prize at the 1st international piano competition of E.P.T.A. in Zagreb, Croatia among others.
He has performed as a concert soloist and chamber musician in Cyprus, Germany, England, Croatia, Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Montenegro and Korea and he has collaborated with conductors Ron Dirk Entleutner (GER), Kim Ming Song (KOR), Alkis Baltas (GR), Lisa Xanthopoulou (GR) and Yiorgos Kountouris (CY).
Melis’s frequent appearances with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra include S. Rachmaninov’s Piano concerto no.2 in C minor op. 18, performed in the main cities and music halls of Cyprus.
He is a founding member of Cyprus’ leading blues band The Zilla Project who released their debut album “This one’s for the president” in 2014.The band has successfully collaborated with a number of international artists including Adam Levy (USA),Greg Koch (USA), Kirk Fletcher(USA) Bex Marhsall (UK), Gil Edwards (N0R),The Blues Wire (GR) and Panos Mouzourakis (GR). After having toured Greece in 2016 they perfomed at the Palais Des Natios in Geneva, Switzerland and enthused their audience with three more performances in the city. The band has also performed in London (UK) and headlined the “August Full Moon” festival in Crete (GR).
Nicolas Melis became the first Cypriot artist to be endorsed by the Swedish keyboard manufacturer ‘Clavia Nord’ while in 2018 he was endorsed by the legendary, American Synth manufacturer ‘Dave Smith Instruments’ and more recently by ‘Strymon’, an American high-end effect pedals manufacturer as well as “JAM Pedals” handmade & hand-painted pedals from Greece.
Nicolas is currently a Piano Instructor at the Music Schools of Larnaca and Nicosia, tutoring young talented pianists who obtain national and international competition awards. Student of his have been accepted at music Universities worldwide.
Janusz WozniakPiano Professor at the University of ``Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy`` Leipzig, Germany
Christodoulos GeorgiadesPianist - Composer
“Nicolas is one of the most gifted and talented pianists Cyprus has produced”
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