Cypriot pianist Nicolas Melis enjoys an international career performing as a concert soloist as well as a keyboardist. At a young age, he represented Cyprus at the international music festival ‘Steinway for young pianists’ in Hamburg, Germany. A graduate of the University of Music and Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”, Melis, who has studied Piano Performance in Classical music and Contemporary Improvisation, has won numerous competition awards both at national and international level including 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 amongst 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’ 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 often participates in cultural programmes Cyprus Miniatures, Cyprus Spring and Cyprus Moments organised by the Republic of Cyprus Embassy in Berlin, having already performed in Koeln, Berlin, Gasteig-Munich.
Melis has successfully collaborated with a number of international artists including Adam Levy (USA), Greg Koch (USA), KirkFletcher (USA), Bex Marhsall (UK), Gil Edwards (N0R), The Blues Wire (GR), and Panos Mouzourakis (GR). He has also performed at the Palais Des Natios in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Eunic Jazz Festival Berlin.
In 2015, he becomes 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 (Sequential) and more recently by Strymon, an American high-end effect pedal manufacturer as well as JAM Pedals, Handmade & Hand painted pedals from Greece.
Melis is currently a Piano Instructor at the State Music Schools of Larnaca and Nicosia, tutoring young talented pianists who obtain national and international competition awards. Students 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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