Nicolas Melis studied Piano Performance in Classical Music with Professor Markus Tomas at the University of Music and Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig, Germany. Later on he accomplished studies in Contemporary Improvisation with Professors Janosch Wozniak, Tilo Augsten and Peter Jarschow.Nicolas Melis represented Cyprus at the international music festival ‘Steinway for young pianists’ in Hamburg, Germany in 1999. He has won numerous competition awards in a national and international level, including a ‘Grand Prix’ at the 3rd International Piano Competition of ‘Evangelia Tziarri’ Music Foundation for young pianists, the 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition for young musicians of H.O.N in Athens, Greece and a special prize at the 1st international piano competition of E.P.T.A. in Zagreb, Croatia among others.
He has performed as a concert soloist and chamber musician in Cyprus, Germany, England, Croatia, Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Montenegro and Korea and he has collaborated with conductors Ron Dirk Entleutner (GER), Kim Ming Song (KOR), Alkis Baltas (GR), Lisa Xanthopoulou (GR) and Yiorgos Kountouris (CY).Melis’s frequent appearances with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra include: S. Rachmaninov’s Piano concerto no.2 in C minor op. 18, performed in the main cities and music halls of Cyprus.Since 2009 he is a member of the Cyprus’ leading blues band “The Zilla Project” who they recently released their first album “This one’s for the president”.They have successfully collaborated with a number of international artists including Adam Levy (USA), Bex Marhsall (UK), Gil Edwards (N0R),The Blues Wire (GR) and Panos Mouzourakis (GR).
Since 2015, Nicolas Melis is the first Cypriot artist proudly endorsed by the Swedish keyboard manufacturer Clavia Nord.