South African-born pianist Nico de Villiers is a coach and accompanist, currently sharing his time between London and Salzburg. He regularly accompanies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and a coach and accompanist in the studio of Barbara Bonney in Salzburg.
Nico has received scholarships from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the Mary Paton Memorial Trust, Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, University of Michigan and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Nico was the 2005 Accompanist of the Year at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and won the same title at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2008. He was awarded the Accompanist Prize at the Thelma King Award in Bath in March 2010.
In South Africa Nico studied with Johan Cromhout and was a prize winner at various national music competitions. In 1999 he made his debut with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The following year he performed with the Odeion Sinfonietta and the Odeion String Quartet, both ensembles resident at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Nico graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in 2005 as an International Undergraduate Scholar of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He worked with various ensembles as accompanist and coach including RSAMD soloists at the Norwegian Music Academy, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus as well as at the Pro Cantione Antiqua International Choral Festival in Provence, France. In collaboration with previous colleagues from RSAMD, Nico founded the De Villiers Ensemble that regularly performs across Sweden.
Following a personal invitation to study with Martin Katz Nico graduated as Master of Music in piano performance (accompaniment and chamber music) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in 2007. During his master study he was a Scholarship holder and Graduate Student Staff Assistant at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He made his Kennedy Center (Terrace Theatre) debut in Washington DC in 2007. Some regular performing partners include Barbara Bonney, Jane Irwin, Caitlin Hulcup, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, William Berger and Gary Griffiths.
Nico was an assistant faculty member at the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic in 2006 and 2008. The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria invited Nico as opera coach in the summers of 2008 - 2010. He will return to AIMS in the summer of 2011.
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We very much hope to see you at the third and/or fourth concerts of the TRULY BEETHOVEN series. The concerts are taking place on 21st NOVEMBER and 5th DECEMBER at The Forge Venue, 7.30pm, and include fascinating programmes.
The international line-up of artists promises masterful music making and we are very proud to be presenting this unique concert series in association with British Youth Opera. Furthermore, it is the first time that this programme is being presented on the concert platform!
For full details visit the TRULY BEETHOVEN SERIES tab and CONCERT PROGRAMMES sub-tab at Akouson Classical or the event listings on the opening page. Tickets can be booked at www.forgevenue.org
Hope to see you there and that you spread the word too!