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Monday Master Class Series: Nicholas Tzavaras, Cello

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Nicholas Tzavaras Monday Master Class Series

Monday Master Class Series at NJYS: Join us for FREE master classes with world-renowned guest artists on Zoom EVERY MONDAY 7:00-8:15 PM EST (unless otherwise indicated).

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A Native of Spanish Harlem in New York City, cellist Nicholas Tzavaras has toured the globe as a chamber musician, soloist and educator for the past two decades. He has performed more than 1500 concerts worldwide, from Cartegena Columbia to the Tonhalle in Zurich to Nagasaki Japan. The New York Times calls his playing “richly singing” and “beautifully nuanced.” Since 2000, Tzavaras has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet. Recent festival engagements have included the Brevard, La Jolla and Taos festivals, the Casals festival in Prades France, the Melbourne Music Festival in Australia and the Marlboro Festival. Tzavaras has held the esteemed title of guest principal cellist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra since 2009. He has recorded more than 21 albums for the Naxos, Delos, Bis, Centaur, Camerata, and New Albion labels, including Beethoven’s string quartet cycle and Bright Sheng’s songs for pipa and cello with Wu Man, to name a few.

Formerly on the faculty of the University of Richmond, Tzavaras is currently the coordinator of the String Department and artist in residence at Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music. He is also guest professor at the Shanghai and Central Conservatories of China.  In the fall of 2016, Tzavaras joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Boston. Tzavaras can be seen in the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Small Wonders,” the motion picture “Music of the Heart” starring Meryl Streep, and with the Shanghai Quartet in Woody Allen’s “Melinda Melinda.” Tzavaras plays on a rare 1710 Joseph Guarneri fillius Andreae cello generously loaned to him by the Beare International Violin Society.


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