A Native of Spanish Harlem in New York City, cellist Nicholas Tzavaras has quickly become an internationally sought after chamber musician and educator across all continents. Reviews in the New York Times have called his playing “richly singing and beautifully nuanced.” Recent summer engagements have included the Santa Fe, La Jolla and Taos festivals, the Casals festival in Prades France and the Marlboro Festival.
He has recorded more than 20 albums for the Naxos, Delos, Bis, Centaur, Camerata, and New Albion labels. Since 2000, Mr. Tzavaras has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet. Formerly on the faculty of the University of Richmond, Mr. Tzavaras is currently the coordinator of the String Department and artist in residence of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is also a guest professor at the Shanghai and Central Conservatories in China. Since 2009 Mr. Tzavaras has held the esteemed title of guest principal cellist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the State University of New York at Stonybrook where his teachers included Laurence Lesser and Timothy Eddy.
Mr. 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.” When he is not with his cello, Mr. Tzavaras is an avid cyclist, amateur Olympic distance triathlete (when time permits), enthusiastic but unfortunately average chess player and, perhaps most importantly, a challenged yet determined father of three children all under the magical age of six year.