Award-winning pianist Nikos Kokkinis (BMus (hons), LRAM, MMus, PGDip) has worked in Britain as a teacher and pianist for many years after studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music on scholarships. He holds diplomas in tonal harmony and counterpoint. Nikos has studied the piano with Greece’s and Britain’s greatest teachers and pedagogues, Christina Vasilaki, Michael Young and Tatiana Sarkissova.
He had worked as a piano teacher at the Hendon School in London for eight years, and as an accompanist for the London Studio Center and the Highgate School. Beyond that, Nikos had been a regular examinations accompanist for the Cecchetti International Society of Ballet in London and pianist for the Teacher’s Course for the Imperial Society of Teachers Of Dancing. He had been commissioned to compose the ballet The Enchanting Starlings performed in two shows in 2011, and has composed music for the piano and for small ensembles. His latest work is the piano collection of pieces Scenes From A Child’s Mind.
Nikos is the writer and editor of the well-regarded, educational pianists’ website, Piano Practising.
He has performed extensively art song, and has in his repertoire complete song cycles by the main composers of lieder.
Now, based in Crete, in addition to teaching the piano at the Heraklion Conservatoire, he performs with singers, orchestras, instrumentalists and other ensembles, both for examinations and for concerts. He accompanies at the piano the Children’s Choir, the Youth Choir, and the Mixed Choir of the Heraklion Municipality.
In 2018, he was honoured with “The Best Concertmaster” award at the 16th international choir festival “Young Voices”, in Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia. Other awards include the Exceptional Young Artist Award (twice – Greece), the Julian Jacobson Prize and the Laurence Davies Memorial Award, while a student in the UK.