Nicholas Nicolaidis is an award-winning concert performer with over 10 years’ experience as a distinguished soloist. Performing regularly in and around Johannesburg, his repertoire covers a wide range of musical genres which appeal to diverse audiences. From oratorio to chamber music, opera to jazz, Nicholas is passionate about promoting a love for music in South Africa.
Nicholas began conducting while still a chorister at the Drakensberg Boy’s Choir School.
His first conducting post was as choirmaster and conductor of the choir and band at Pridwin Preparatory School 1996.
In April of 1997 he was appointed the Musical Director of Côr Meibion Cymru de Affrig. For the next 7 years he remained at the helm of this well-known choir, producing 3 albums. In October of 2000, Nicholas took the choir to the U.K. to perform in the Royal Albert Hall for the Millennium Festival of Male Voice Choirs.
The year 1998 marked his orchestral conducting debut in the Johannesburg City Hall, conducting the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg during the Last night of the Proms.
In 2002 he began studying conducting with Richard Cock and then went on to conduct the Chanticleer Singers for the first time in a performance of Schubert’s Mass in G at Holy Trinity Church in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
In 2005 he was invited to conduct the Johannesburg Camerata, a chamber orchestra of talented young performers, during their Winter Season. He then went on to conduct the Johannesburg Chamber Wind Ensemble from 2006-2008. In 2006 he furthered his Choral Conducting studies under the direction of the Norwegian pedagogue, Kåre Hanken. During this time Nicholas conducted the Johannesburg-based chamber choir Collegium Vocale in their Winter Season.
In 2009 he conducted the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra in a programme of music by Leroy Anderson, the vocal ensemble ‘In Verse’ and the Chanticleer Singers during their Christmas season. Nicholas was also the winner of the inaugural Young Choral Conductors Competition held during the Stellenbosch International Choral Conducting Symposium held in March 2009.
In February 2010 he was awarded the Silver Medal in the inaugural Len van Zyl Conducting Competition held in conjunction with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the Easter period of that year he conducted Cantamus Corde in a performance of J S Bach’s St John’s Passion, whilst also singing the role of the Evangelist.
Nicholas has also appeared as guest conductor of the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town in a concert with music by Ramirez and Klatzow. In that year he also conducted the opening Gala Concert of the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria, which included Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia.
His most recent appearance was conducting excerpts from Handel’s Messiah with members of the Free State Symphony Orchestra in Bloemfontein in December 2011, as well as the inaugural concert of the Odeion School of Music’s Camerata Ensemble in March 2012. Nicholas conducted his first complete performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town and the Cape Philharmonic over the Easter weekend in 2012.
For more information, please see http://www.nicnic.co.za/.
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