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.

Teaching

Biography

Dates

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

12.3.2020

NPL Music Society, Teddington
Solo piano recital
Three Beethoven sonatas

28.2.2020

Museo de Navarra, Pamplona
Performance with Ciklus Ensemble
Heart of Darkness, music by Iñaki Estrada

23.2.2020

Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion, Greece
Participation in a Beethoven marathon
Works by Beethoven

22.2.2020

Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion, Greece
Performance with the Tetrachord Piano Ensemble
Works by Smetana, Sarcich, Piazzolla and others

10.2.2020

Sala Mompou, Barcelona
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Presentation of CD 'Signat l'amic del cor'

14.1.2020

St Martin-in-the-fields, London
Solo piano recital
Works by Argentinian and Greek composers

13.12.2019

Colectividad Helénica de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Solo piano recital
Works by Argentinian and Greek composers

22.11.2019

Morley College, London
Performance with the Tetrachord Piano Ensemble
Works by Smetana, Rachmaninoff, Sarcich and others

9.7.2019

Residencia d'investigadors, Barcelona
Recital with tenor Lenine Santos
Brazilean art song

6.7.2019

Residencia d'investigadors, Barcelona
Solo piano recital
Works by women composers

5.7.2019

Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona
Recital with countertenor Darryl Taylor
African-American art song

4.7.2019

Petit Palau de la Música, Barcelona
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Works by Spanish, Catalan and Latin American composers

Contact

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