Nick Tsiavos

double bass

Biography

Nick Tsiavos is a Melbourne-based composer and double bassist renowned for his explorative performances that open new sound worlds. “Part of my work is the idea that art can be transformative. This experience is not just something that you consume and walk away from, but something that actually stays with you and changes you,” Tsiavos explains. His music embraces the metaphysical by speaking directly to the soul. Tsiavos studied classical double bass at the Victorian College of the Arts before studying with Dr. Bertram Turetzky and then François Rabbath in Paris. Reflecting on the development of his unconventional style, Tsiavos recalls his childhood visits to the Greek Orthodox Church. “I think the rediscovery of that richness started feeding into the work I was doing,” he says. 

Since 1994, Tsiavos has been developing new music for the solo bass. As an 'ethnic' musician he is interested in, and informed by, non-canonical discourse, while refusing the tokenism that ethnicity often entails. The diversity of his cultural influences come together to create a new language for the bass - work articulating an intensely personal response to the problematics of contemporary Australian culture.

Tsiavos has performed as a bass soloist at venues including La Mama and the Antipodes Festival (Melbourne), 'Kulcha' (Fremantle), Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music (Hobart) and at the Brett Whiteley Retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has performed as a bass soloist in concert tours throughout Australia, with the assistance of the Australia Council of the Arts.