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Nick Thessalonikefs

Nick, our Drum Teacher

Nick Thessalonikefs

Drum/percussion teacher, musician, performer and educator

Professional Experience

Private lessons

2015-2018

For almost 8 years I have been teaching students of various ages and levels, from beginner to intermediate and more advanced. My teaching approach is to create the ideal personal enviroment that is related to the needs of the student, either by enjoying the procedure of learning music and having fun or by preparing for entrance exams in universities and approaching the instrument through a more professional point of view.

Music Schools

2018 - Today

DamVibes Music School, Amsterdam

About me

Nick Thessalonikefs was born on July 24th 1989 in Athens Greece. At the age of 14 he started studying music in a local private music school. In 2008 he entered the Technological Institute of Athens to study “Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art”. At the same year he became a student of Modern Music School, where he attended private courses with drum-instructor Michael Kapilidis, who inspired and introduced him in the world of jazz music. In 2009 he joined the “Professional Program for Drums” and in 2011 he graduated with honors. In 2014 he moved to Amsterdam and he got admitted to the Bachelor Jazz program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. There he collaborates with several musicians, and at the same time he creates a piano trio, with Orestis Petrakis and Pedro Ivo Ferreira, called Canvas. A year later he starts recording the first album of Canvas and in the spring of 2016 he participates in the competition of Keep an Eye where he obtains, with his trio(Canvas), the Incentive Prize in the semifinals, and the Best CvA Soloist (finals). In the summer of 2016 he participates in Siena Jazz summer workshop (as the price of the Keep an Eye competition) where he is having classes with musicians such as Jeff Ballard, Justin Brown, Ben Wendel, Harish Raghavan, Theo Bleckmann, Ben Monder, Stefano Battaglia and others. Later on, in the spring of 2017 the debut album of the trio is being released with the name “Common Ground”. A year later the trio is about to release their second album called “Transitions”. Recently he is working on his own compositions, writing music for his own group as a leader.

Artistically

I have been performing in several music halls/clubs and festivals all over europe playing various styles of music.

Awards

2016

Keep an Eye Jazz competition Incentive Prize (semi-finals)

Keep an Eye Jazz competition Best CvA Soloist (finals)

Studies

Conservatories

2018-Present

Masters in Jazz Performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

2014-2018

Bachelors in Jazz Performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

2009-2011

M.M.S Athens professional music program

Skills

Sound Engineering 70%

LANGUAGES

Greek 100%
English 80%