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Biography

Born in Athens, Greece, Nicholas Papadimitriou is a versatile musician active as an organist, improviser, composer and educator.

Driven by a passion for creativity and innovation, Nicholas is actively engaged in various aspects of the music performance and education scene.

From 2018 to 2024, he served as the Music Director at the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk in Amsterdam. During this time, he also collaborated with contemporary artists such as Nicolas Jaar and Jacob Lekkerkerker in the acclaimed 'Playing the Cathedral' concert series at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.

As an improviser and composer, Nicholas strives to make classical music accessible and engaging for audiences.

His composition 'The COVID-19 Fugue', created in response to the global pandemic in 2020, garnered over 2 million views and received widespread acclaim within the music community.

 

In his work as an educator, Nicholas is committed to cultivating a hollistic approach to music education.

In addition to his private teaching practice, he teaches solfège and music theory at the young talent departments of

Muziekschool Amsterdam and CKV Almere, while also instructing piano at Platform C in Amstelveen.

From 2016 to 2019, he served as a student-assistant for General Music Theory at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

He is currently developing his teaching method, 'The Game of Tones', which offers an innovative approach to non-stylistic improvisation.

​Nicholas studied organ at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the guidance of Jacques van Oortmerssen, Pieter van Dijk, and Matthias Havinga. In this time, he also attended numerous masterclasses with Louis Robilliard. 
During his Master’s degree, he focused on exploring improvisation from new angles; both from a performing as well as a pedagogical perspective. There he established an extensive research project dedicated to the development of modern teaching methods that promote creative music-making.

Prior to his studies in Amsterdam, Nicholas pursued piano and music theory at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens.

For the latter he graduated with a distinction in 2012.

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