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

2019
Zyprische Fruhling – Cyprus Spring, Gasteig, Munich – Germany
Mozart Piano Concerto no 11 in F Major
A tribute to Mozart, Rialto Theatre, Limassol, Cyprus
Mozart Piano Concerto No 11 in F Major
2018
The Mediterranean Temperament meets the Latin Passion
Rialto Theatre, Limassol, Cyprus
A night with Kirk Fletcher (USA), USA Embassy
Nicosia, Cyprus
My Unique Jazz Festival – Jazz aus Europa,
Kunstfabrik Schlot – Berlin, Germany
A tribute to Mozart, Pallas Theatre – Nicosia, Cyprus
Mozart Piano Concerto No 11 KV413
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

2018
Improvisation master class by Greg Koch (USA), organized by Jam Pedals on April 21st 2018 in Athens, Greece  
Blues Improvisation master class by Kirk Fletcher (USA), organized by Jam Pedals on December 9th 2018 in Athens, Greece  
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

2011 – present
Piano instructor at the Music Lyceum of Nicosia and Larnaca CYPRUS
Since 2007
Piano instructor teaching Classic and Modern Piano, Advanced Theory of Classical 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

2019
Artist/Demonstrator for the Jam Pedals at the Namm Show 2019 in Los Angeles California, USA
Endorsed  by JAM Pedals, Handmade & Hand painted pedals from Greece
2018
Nicolas Melis is the first Cypriot artist proudly endorsed by the Legendary Synth manufacturer “Dave Smith Instruments” (USA)
2015
Since 2015, Nicolas Melis is the first Cypriot artist proudly endorsed by the Swedish keyboard
manufacturer Clavia Nord.
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 & RECORDINGS

2019
Belua album: Mother Of All
2014
Zilla Project’s debut album: This one’s for the president
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

2019
Gasteig-Kultur fur Munchen-Cypriot Spring 2019 – A tribute to Mozart-
Kölner Stadt Anzeiger Nicosia is still a divided city,“Cyprus Moments”  October 2019
2015
The Blues Magazine “ Cyprus Quartet do the Mediterranean proud” October 2015 –Issue25
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