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Cello Masterclass with Guest Artist Nicholas Tzavaras

  • Smith College, Sage Hall - Northamtpon, MA 144 Green St. Northampton, MA 01063 (map)

Lyra Music Festival presents a Cello Masterclass with Guest Artist Nicholas Tzavaras.  Masterclass performers are advanced students with the Lyra Music Workshop. 

Smith College | Sage Hall | Earle Recital Hall
Masterclass Tickets $10
Festival Pass $90 (Entrance to all 2018 Lyra Music Festival Events)


A Native of Spanish Harlem in New York City, cellist Nicholas Tzavaras has quickly become a much sought after chamber musician, soloist and educator across four continents.  Recent reviews in the New York Times have called his playing “richly singing” and “beautifully nuanced.”  Since 2000, Mr. Tzavaras has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet, playing more than 1500 concerts throughout the world.

Mr. Tzavaras has recorded more than 20 albums for the Naxos, Delos, Bis, Centaur, Camerata, and New Albion labels.  Recent engagements have included the Santa Fe, La Jolla and Taos festivals, the Casals festival in Prades France and Puerto Rico, the Melbourne Music Festival in Australia, the Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland and the Marlboro Festival.   Since 2009 Mr. Tzavaras has held the esteemed title of guest principal cellist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Formerly on the faculty of the University of Richmond, Mr. Tzavaras is currently the coordinator of the string department and artist-in-residence at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey, a position he has held since 2002.  He is also a guest professor at the Shanghai and Central Conservatories in China and in 2016 joined the cello and chamber music faculty of the Longy School of Music in Caimbridge MA.  Mr. Tzavaras holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the State University of New York at Stonybrook, working exclusively with 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 not with his cello, Mr. Tzavaras is an avid cyclist, enthusiastic but unfortunately average chess player, back yard chicken farmer and, perhaps most importantly, a challenged father of three children all under the age of nine.