Nikos Stavlas

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

8.3.2019

Holst Room, Morley College
Piano recital
Work by women composers

18.10.2018

Morley Chamber Orchestra
Solo performance
Mozart's Concerto K.242

2.7.2018

Biblioteca de Catalunya
Recital with tenor Lenine Santos
Brazilean art song

29.6.2018

Emma Cons Hall, Morley College
Concert for 8 pianists on 4 pianos
The Planets by Gustav Holst

26.6.2018

Barcelona Festival of song, Barcelona
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo

3.5.2018

St John's Smith Square, London
Tetrachord piano ensemble
Works for 8 hands on 2 pianos by Snmetana, Racmaninoff, Pasieczny and others

17.4.2018

Holst Room, Morley College, London
Trio concert with Rachael Chesney, clarinet and Ana Ivanova, viola
Works by Mozart and Schumann

8.4.2018

Tante Nino, Rotterdam
Concert with violinist Sophia Baltatzi
Works by Bach, Beethoven, Pärt

2.4.2018

Serres municipal and regional theatre, Greece
Concert with violinst Sophia Baltatzi
Works by Bach, Beethoven, Pärt

27.2.2018

Colegio de médicos de Barcelona
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Works by women composers

23.2.2018

Chelmsford cathedral
Trio concert with Megan Hill, violin, and Matthew Strober, cello
Works by Haydn, Bridge and Shostakovich

11.2.2018

Freedom Canal Studio, London
Solo piano recital
Works by Brahms, Chopin, Mompou, Piazzolla and others

19.10.2017

Morley College Orchestra
Solo performance with Morley Chamber Orchestra Beethoven's Piano concerto no.1, op.15

7.8.2017

Piano Summer Vranje, Serbia
Solo piano recital
Work by Mompou, Ginastera, Piazzolla and others

29.6.2017

Residencia d'investigadors, Barcelona
Recital with soprano Elisabete Almeida
Brazilean art song

28.6.2017

Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona
Solo piano recital
Works by Mompou, Scriabin, Gershwin

26.6.2017

Caixa Forum, Barcelona
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Latin American art song

7.4.2017

Pianos Puig, Barcelona
Recital with soprano Patricia Caicedo
Brazilean art song

27.3.2017

Pianos Puig, Barcelona
Concert with baritone Eunézio Thoroh de Souza

5.3.2017

Barock am Richardplatz, Berlin
Concert with violinist Sophia Baltatzi. Music by Biber, Jacquet de la Guerre, Schnittke, Konstantinidis

1-2.2.2017

University of California, Riverside
Concert with soprano Patricia Caicedo Brazilean and Catalan music

17-18.02.2017

2nd Heraklion Piano Festival, Crete
2 pianos - 8 hands recital with Michalis Angelakis, Dimitris Karydis, Petros Moschos

8.1.2017

Tante Nino, Rotterdam
Recital with violinist Sophia Baltatzi
Polyphony in Baroque and 20th century music

15.12.2016

Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona
Voice and solo piano recital
Works by Enric Granados

Contact

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