Curriculum Vitae

Nationality: Cypriot Birth Place: Larnaca, Cyprus
Phone: +357 99998508 Email: nicmelis8@gmail.com Website: www.nicolasmelis.com
Mother tongue: Greek Foreign Languages: German, English

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

2006-2007 Post-education (Zusatzstudium) Certificate in Contemporary Improvisation Hochschule for Music and Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’, Leipzig GERMANY Consentration: improvisation for dance, silent cinema, improvisation techniques and practical education of improvisation. Professors: Tilo Augsten and Peter Jarschow

2002-2006 Piano & Improvisation Courses Music School ‘Johann Sebastian Bach’, Leipzig GERMANY. Professor: Janosch Wozniak

2000-2005 BA & MA Piano Performance – Kunstlerisch Diplom (Diplompianist) Hochschule for Music and Theatre ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’, Leipzig GERMANY. Professor: Markus Tomas

1999 Advance Certificate in Piano Performance with Distinction Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS

1999 Diploma as Piano Soloist with Distinction (summa cum laude) (Achieved a Distinction mark from all (5) examiners and a gold medal). L.E.A (Lykeio Ellinidon Ammohostou) Academy of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS

1999 Grade 5 in Clarinet with Distinction Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS

1997 Piano Teacher Diploma with Distinction (summa cum laude) L.E.A Academy of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS

1997 Chamber Music Courses L.E.A. Academy of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS. Teacher: Violinist Mr. Panayiotis Kaparis

1989-99 Piano and Advanced Music Theory Courses L.E.A Academy of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS. Teachers: George Arvanitakis , Eleni Gerani, Kyriakos Kosteas, Mikis Kosteas, George Karvellos

1987-89 Early Piano Lessons Teachers: Mr. Christakis Melis and Mrs. Kiki Steliou, Larnaca CYPRUS

COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS

2016

Special Prize at the 30th Korean Music Festival

1999

Special Prize at the 1st International Piano Competition of E.P.T.A., (European Piano Teachers Association), Zagreb CROATIA

1st Prize at the 1st National competition ‘Steinway for young pianists’, Nicosia CYPRUS Represented Cyprus at the International Music Festival ‘Young Steinway Artists’, Hamburg GERMANY

Summa cum laude and Gold Medal for the Piano Soloist Diploma examination, L.E.A Academy of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS

1998

Special Prize at the 9th Eurovision Competition for young musicians, Nicosia CYPRUS

Grand Prix’ at the 3rd International Piano Competition of ‘Evangelia Tziarri’ Music Foundation for young pianists, Larnaca CYPRUS

1st Prize for Solo Piano, at the National Piano Competition for young Musicians of H.O.N, Athens GREECE

1st Prize for Four Hands, at the National Piano Competition for young Musicians of H.O.N, Athens GREECE

1997

1st Prize at the National Piano Competition for young musicians of H.O.N, Athens-Greece (At the age of 15 Nicolas Melis participated in the ‘category of 17-25 years old’, accomplishing the 1st price)

2nd Prize at the 2nd International Piano Competition of ‘Evangelia Tziarri’ Music Foundation for young pianists, Larnaca CYPRUS

Distinction (summa cum laude) and 1st Prize for attaining the highest marks among other examinees at the Piano Teacher Diploma examination, L.E.A Academy of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS

1996

1st Prize at the 1st International Piano Competition of ‘Evangelia Tziarri’ Music Foundation for young pianists, Larnaca CYPRUS

CONCERTS

2017

Mediterranean Temperament – Zyprische Momente, Altes Pfandhaus – Cologne, Germany

Nikos Pittas – Violin | Nicolas Melis – Piano

Kypria International Festival – Zilla Project – The Story of the Blues, Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia; Rialto Theatre, Limassol; Tala Amphitheater, Paphos

Impressions – Cypriot Miniatures – Mediterranean Temperament, Schwartz villa – Berlin, Germany

Nikos Pittas – Violin | Nicolas Melis – Piano

Musicalische Reise, Gasteig – Muenchen, Germany

Nikos Pittas – Violin | Nicolas Melis – Piano

2016

Kypria International Festival – Opera – Andis Skordis: Ra Patsia Ou, Dance House, Nicosia

Kypria International Festival – Ensemble Casual: The History of Tango, Faneromenis Square, Nicosia

The Orchestra is the city – The Music Park Festival 2 With the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Akropolis Park, Nicosia

Conductor : Alkis Baltas

Avaton Music Festival – A night with the Composer Yiannis Kyriakides, Palio Xydadiko, Limassol

Chamber Music Concert with musicians of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Pallas Theatre, Nicosia

Nikos Pittas – Violin, Nikos Ioannaou- Double Bass, Marios Nicolaou – Percussion, Nicolas Melis – Piano

Korea Music Festival – Concert with National Symphony Orchestra of Korea, Moranbong Grand Concert Hall

Conductor : Kim Ming Song

Music from the American Continent with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Pallas Theatre, Nicosia | Rialto Theatre, Limassol

Conductor : Lisa Xanthopoulou

2015

International Music Festival “A Tempo” Podgorica, MONTENEGRO

Zyprische Minaturen 4, Moments”, Gruner Salon, Volksbuehne, Berlin, GERMANY

Chamber Music Concert with musicians of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Pallas Theatre, Nicosia, CYPRUS

2014

Andys Skordis: “Ou…Patsia…Ra” First worldwide performance Egomio Cultural Center, Nicosia CYPRUS

S.Rachmaninov: Piano concerto no.2 in C minor op.18 with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Larnaca Municipal Theatre / Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia / Rialto Theatre, Limassol CYPRUS

Carnival Celebration concert with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Rialto Theatre, Limassol / Larnaca Municipal Theatre / Pallas Theatre, Nicosia CYPRUS

2011

Chamber Music Concert for piano and cello with Peter Gospodinov, Larnaca Municipal Theater, Larnaca CYPRUS

2010

‘An orchestrated presentation to the History of Tango’ with Sextet Casual, Markideio Theatre, Paphos and Kasteliotissa, Nicosia CYPRUS

2009

Piazzolla’’s ‘Grand Tango’ with piano and viola by Nicolas Efthymiou, Paphos Music Hall CYPRUS

2008

Special guest at the 6th Pancyprian Competion for Young Pianists, ‘Avantgarde Cultural Foundation’, Nicosia CYPRUS (Former National competition ‘Steinway for young pianists’ as the 1st Winner of the 1st Competition in 1998)

Special guest at the 13th International Piano Competition of ‘Evangelia Tziarri’ Music Foundation as the ‘Grand prix’ winner of the 3rd Competition in 1998, Larnaca Municipal Theatre CYPRUS

2006-2007

‘Improvisation for silent cinema’ with cellist Lin Hui-Chun, ‘Frauen Welten’ film festival, Terre Des Femmes Music Hall, Leipzig GERMANY

Series of Music concerts with the title: ‘Music and movement: improvisation with Dancers’, HMT Music Hall, Leipzig GERMANY

Sonata for Piano and Cello: Rachmaninnov Cello Sonata opus 19 in G minor Cello: Lin Hui-Chun, HMT Music Hall, Leipzig GERMANY

Improvisation for Cello and Jazz trio, with Cellist Lin Hui-Chun, HMT Music Hall, Leipzig GERMANY

2005-2006

‘Improvising music for silent movies’, Hochschule fur music and theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” – Grand Music Hall, Leipzig GERMANY

2003-2004

Concert with the Symphony Orchestra of Music School’s ‘Johann Sebastian Bach’, HMT Grand Music Hall, Leipzig GERMANY Conductor: Ron Dirk Entleutner.

2000-2002

Series of Piano concerts, Hochschule for Music and Theatre ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’, Grand Music Hall, Leipzig GERMANY

1999

Piano concert in memory of Evangelia Tziarri, Larnaca Municipal Theatre CYPRUS

2nd Personal Recital, Parnassos Music Hall, Athens GREECE

1998

1st Personal Recital, ‘14 days of classic music’, Enteka Music Hall, Sofia BULGARIA (Invited by Bulgaria’s educational services.)

1st European Young Artists Festival incorporated in the 20th European Conference of EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association), PASIDI, Nicosia CYPRUS Honorary president: Martino Tirimo

MASTER CLASSES

2000

Hochschule for Music and Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig GERMANY. Pianist: Alexander Meinel.

1999

Professional Music School of Dr. Nefen Mihaelides, Limassol CYPRUS ‘The 9th international Piano Master Class’. Professor: Lev Shugom

1998

L.E.A Academy of Music, Larnaca CYPRUS. Pianist: Christodoulos Georgiades

1997

Steinway House, Nicosia CYPRUS. Pianist and Steinway Artist: Martino Tirimo ARTE Music Academy, Nicosia CYPRUS. Pianist and Steinway Artist: Martino Tirimo

1996

Greek Music Academy, Nicosia CYPRUS. Pianist: Aris Garoufalis and George Arvanitakis

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2012-2015

Piano instructor at the Music Lyceum of Nicosia and Larnaca CYPRUS

Since 2007

Piano instructor teaching Classic and Modern Piano, Advanced Theory of Classic and Jazz Music, Aural training and Improvisation at several music schools and also as a freelancer, CYPRUS

2003-2006

Assistant of Professor Janosch Wozniak in Improvisation and Piano department, Music School ‘Johann Sebastian Bach’, Leipzig GERMANY

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2015

Endorsed by Clavia Nord keyboard company

2014

Zilla Project’s debut album: This one’s for the president

2013

Co-founder of the “TangoCult” Association CYPRUS

2010-2011

Member of the ‘Sextet Casual’, Nicosia CYPRUS

Since 2008

Member of the Blues Band “The Zilla Project”, Nicosia CYPRUS

MUSIC COMPOSITION

2013 Music composition for a live performance by Christina Georgiou, based on Daphne Nikita’s poem “The doll” realized at Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation, Athens GREECE

2012 Music composition for a live performance by Christina Georgiou, based on Daphne Nikita’s poem “The doll” realized at DIATOPOS Center of Contemporary Art, Nicosia CYPRUS

2011 Music composition for a live performance by Christina Georgiou realized at the Theatre Academy Helsinki FINLAND

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014

Politis Newspaper, “A review for the Russian Masterpieces Concert with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra” text by Antreas Tsaousis, 31 October 14

2013

Fileleftheros newspaper, “Se proto enoiko NICOLAS MELIS” text by Giorgos Savvinides, 31 March 2013

2012

Fileleftheros newspaper, “ ‘The doll’ becomes alive” text by Giorgos Savvinides, 19 September 2012, p.41

2004

Haravgi newspaper, “From Germany with Love”, text by Christakis Melis, June, 2004.

1999

Fileleftheros newspaper, “Nicolas Melis: A young, gifted pianist”, text by George Arvanitakis, March 24, 1999.

H Mahi newspaper, “An outstanding Piano recital in Larnaca”, text by Andreas Evriviades, June 1,1999.

1998

Haravgi newspaper, “3rd International Piano Competition ‘Evaggelias Tjiarri’ in Larnaca”, text by Andreas Evriviades, April 14, 1998.

1997

Fileleftheros newspaper, “Honor to a young pianist in a Piano Competition in Greece”, text by George Arvanitakis, May 22, 1997.

TESTIMONIALS

“Nicolas Melis is an outstanding pianist and an excellent musician with temperament and remarkable technique.” ~ Janusz Wozniak (Piano Prof. at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”, Leipzig-Germany)

“Nicolas is one of the most gifted and talented pianists Cyprus has produced” Christodoulos Georgiades – Pianist – Composer