Nicolas started studying piano at the age of 5. He graduated with honors and special mention at the Conservatory G.B. Martini of Bologna in 2015 with Professors Florenta Barbalat and Francesco Dilaghi. He’s also studying composition (VII degree) with Professor Gian Paolo Luppi. Since 2010 he has been a pupil of Leonid Margarius at the International Academy of Imola.
Since 2007, Nicolas has been the first prize winner in more than 30 competitions, receiving as well special prizes and mentions (most gifted young pianist, best performance with orchestra…). In 2014, being First Prize Winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, he played in the Weill Recital Hall – Carnegie Hall of New York. The following year he resulted a winner of the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition and thus played during the Award Ceremony at the Studio – Opera Bastille, in Paris. In 2016, the jury of the prestigious Piano Campus International Competition, which president was M° Michel Dalberto, declared him unanimously First Prize Winner of the competition and gave him several special prizes. The same year Nicolas won the Prize Alfredo Casella at the XXXIII Premio Venezia Competition. The 22nd of June 2016 during the European Music Festival, Nicolas was granted at the Deputy Chamber (Rome) by the President of the Deputy Chamber Laura Boldrini as Italian musical excellence.
Nicolas held more than 100 concerts in Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, USA, Kazakhstan, Croatia. He has been invited to many important music festivals and held recitals in famous concert halls such as Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Palazzo Vecchio (Florence), St Mary the Virgin Church (Oxford), Fazioli Concert Hall (Sacile), Church of Auvers-sur-Oise (Auvers-sur-Oise), Musée Wurth (Strasbourg).
A part from recitals, Nicolas held concerts with orchestra as well, playing concertos of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Several Nicolas’ performances have been recorded and broadcast by radio and television stations (Radio 3, France Musique, Rai 3, Nettuno TV). Moreover, the live recordings of Nicolas’ performances at Piano Campus Competition and Premio Venezia have been released on CDs.
Nicolas, attending many masterclasses too, met famous artists from all over the world that showed him their appreciation, among which Roberto Cappello, Franco Scala, Riccardo Risaliti, Anna Kravtchenko, Olaf John Laneri, Deniz Arman Gelenbe, Alicja Kledzik, Sofya Gulyak, Rahmin Bahrami Alexander Romanovsky, Leslie Howard.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Minor, WTC I, BWV 849
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in G Major, Op. 87
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90
I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Sonata in D Major, D. 850
I. Allegro vivace
II. Con moto
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo. Allegretto moderato
CHAMBER MUSIC ROUND
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 5 in E-flat Minor
Schubert/Liszt Ständchen from Schwannengesang
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Sonata No. 7 in B-flat, Op. 83
I. Allegro inquieto
II. Andante caloroso
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
I. Molto allegro agitato
II. Andante con molto tranquillo
III. Scherzo. Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale. Allegro assai appassionato
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Piano concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
I. Molto allegro con fuoco
III. Presto — Molto allegro e vivace