Nikos Stavlas is a London-based pianist, chamber musician and musicologist.

Solo

As a soloist, Nikos has a wide range of repertoire: some of his areas of expertise are the music of Beethoven, which was part of his doctoral research, Russian and Central European music of the 20th century, and Spanish and Latin American repertoire.

Chamber music - Accompaniment

Nikos plays in various ensembles: he is member of the Zalas Trio, the Vladimir & Estragon piano duo, and the contemporary music ensemble Oiseaux Bizarres. He also performs regularly with the soprano Patricia Caicedo, promoting Spanish and Latin American art song through the Barcelona Festival of Song, as well as the violinist Saya Ikenoya and the cellist Matthew Strover. He often accompanies exams and recitals at the Royal College of Music and elsewhere, as well as the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.

Academic research

As a musicologist, Nikos has focused on the use of quotation and the incorporation of tradition in the works of Alfred Schnittke and Mauricio Kagel, the application of deconstruction in music, postmodernism, and the distinction between the roles of the composer and the performer in indeterminate music. His doctoral thesis was on Mauricio Kagel's Ludwig van, a film and musical composition on Beethoven. The composition is actually a DIY collage of the music of Beethoven, which Kagel invites the performers to undertake in their own way. In his version, extracts of which can be seen in the video below, Nikos created a collage of Beethoven's letters alongside that of his music and devised a quasi-surrealistic musical theatre performance that reflects on the myth surrounding Beethoven's figure.

Selected discography

Biography

Dates

24.10.2022

Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
Performance with Ciklus Ensemble
Works by Iñaki Estrada

7.10.2022

St George's, Beckenham
Performance with tenor John Upperton
Music by Robert and Clara Schumann and Richard Strauss

29.9.2022

Sands Films Music Room
Performance with tenor John Upperton
Music by Robert and Clara Schumann and Richard Strauss

14.7.2022

Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona
Recital with mexxo-soprano Lori Sen
Sephardic and Turkish songs

13.7.2022

Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona
Recital with tenor Lenine Santos
Songs by Brazilian composers

3.6.2022

American Church, Berlin
Recital with violinist Sophia Baltatzi
Works by Hans Jörn Brandenburg

31.5.2022

Luftraum, Berlin
Piano recital
Works by Hans-Jörn Brandenburg

10.5.2022

St Stephen Walbrook, London
Performance with tenor John Upperton
Music by Robert and Clara Schumann and Richard Strauss

17.3.2022

Emma Cons Hall, Morley College, London
Performance with Morley Chamber Orchestra
Mozart Concerto in A major, K.488

19.11.2021

Emma Cons Hall, Morley College, London
Solo piano recital
Music by Spanish and Latin American composers

29.5.2021

Litterarum, Mora d'Ebre
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Songs based on poetry by Carles Duarte

28.5.2021

Centre cívic Pere Pruna, Barcelona
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Works by women composers

3.9.2020

Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastián
Solo piano recital
Three Beethoven Sonatas

15.7.2020

Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona
Solo piano recital
Presentation of the album Noir&Blanc/Winter in Tangier by Hans J. Brandenburg

9.7.2020

Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Art songs from the Iberian peninsula and Latin America

26.6.2020 (POSTPONED)

Morley College, London
Performance with ensemble Oiseaux Bizarres
Mauricio Kagel's Ludwig van

12.6.2020 (POSTPONED)

Morley College, London
Performance with Morley Chamber Orchestra
Beethoven, Concerto No.1

20.4.2020 (POSTPONED)

St Martin in the Fields, London
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Works by Latin American composers

3.4.2020 (POSTPONED)

Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian
Solo piano recital
Three Beethoven Sonatas

23.3.2020

Serres Municipal and Regional Theatere, Greece
Solo piano recital
Three Beethoven sonatas

Contact

For any enquiries please contact Nikos on nikosstavlas@gmail.com.