South African pianist Nico de Villiers is based in London and in demand as soloist, accompanist and coach in the UK as well as abroad. He holds degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, University of Michigan and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Recent debuts include performances at the Barbican in London, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Mozarteum Grosser Saal in Salzburg. He formed a duo partnership with soprano Marie Vassiliou in 2011 and they regularly perform as The Melicus Duo. Other performing partners include Barbara Bonney, Caitlin Hulcup, Máire Flavin, William Berger and Gary Griffiths.
Nico is a passionate collaborator in chamber music and found the De Villiers Ensemble in Sweden that annually performs a series of concerts across Sweden. Further ensemble recital tours include performances in the UK, across Europe as well as South Africa. He regularly performs with violinist Sebastian Müller in recitals in both the UK and Germany.
Nico has worked as music coach for singers for the past six years and already established strong ties with institutions both in the UK as well as America, Sweden, Austria and South Africa. Having started his coaching career at the University of Michigan, Nico went on to work with singers from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Universities of Pretoria, the Free State and Stellenbosch in South Africa. Nico is currently an International visiting lecturer in vocal coaching and accompaniment at the University of Pretoria.Nico was a Lieder coach at the esteemed American Institute of Musical Studies' summer programme in Graz for five seasons (2008-2012).
He was a Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as a Leverhulme Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
In addition to working freelance internationally Nico also is lecturer in piano at the Leeds College of Music and Junior Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Nico de Villiers on evolving Classical education