Biography — Nikolas Efthymiou
Being attracted to the game of sound from a very early age Nikolas Efthymiou found in the viola the inexhaustible pool of possibilities to form and transform his dreams.
He started studying the violin with Cypriot violinist Andreas Nikolaou at ‘’Cyprus Odeon’’ and Trinity College which he absolved at the age of 14. Further studies in Germany on violin and viola with Stelios Kafantaris, M.Speerman, Frank Strauch, and John Kinsella. During his studies
in Hochschule fuer Musik Weimar he participates in Hoschulorchester Weimar and cooperates with Weimar Staatscapelle, and Jenaer Philarmonie where he performs as soloist the premiere of the concert for solo viola and chamber orchestra of Ilias Rachaniotis. He is also active as chamber musician collaborating with numerous ensembles with repertory that covers all musical periods and musical styles. Solo recitals, among other, in Grossen Saal of Weimar Musikhochschule, Lizst Haus,Resitenz Saal Wurzburg,San Pere de Galligants in Girona Spain in Kraljevo Theaterhall in Serbia etc. He has also taken part in several music festivals like Bad Sobernheim Musik academy, Weimar Sommerakademie, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Detmold Musikhochschule – Meisterkurse and he studied in the classes of known musicians like T.Zehetmair, V.Klimov, T.Brandis, W.Christ, E.Krueger,Cr. Euler, L.Matczynsky. In 2007 Nikolas Efthymiou forms the experimental ‘’Ensemble Casual’’ which seeks to bridge several music periods and styles ranging from Baroque to Tango and Jazz. Nikolas Efthymiou is a substitute member of Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and established violin pedagogue. He also engages in concert — activity both in Cyprus and abroad. With main purpose to ”popularize” the classical repertory for violin he establishes together with Andreas Lardis the Ochocuerdas Violin- Viola duo performing in less formal way.