Nicholas Van de Velde .
Nicholas Van de Velde (°1994) started to play piano at 5. At 9, he won the 1st prize at the Gretry competition and was as well laureate of the Epta competition. At the same time, he was admitted at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chappel under the guidance of Abdel Rahman El Bacha. He graduated in 2013 with honnors.
He won several national and international competitions ('Cantabile competition', 'Rotary Breughel Competition', 'International Steinway Competition', 'Charlier Piano Competition', 'Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists'…). In 2004, he was choosen by the Queen Paola to perform at the Royal Palace where he played the 23rd pianoconcerto of Mozart. He represented Belgium at famous festivals as the 'International Steinway Festival' in Hamburg, 'Festival de Vexin' in France, 'Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander'.
In 2008 Nicholas made his debut at the Henri Le Boeuf Zaal in BOZAR, performing the 2nd pianoconcerto van Dmitri Shostakovich with the National Orchestra of Belgium. Hij played as well in concert halls such as 'Studio 4' of Flagey, 'Salle Henri Le Boeuf' in BOZAR, 'Laeiszhalle' in Hamburg, 'Richard Jakoby Saal' in Hanover, Sala Argenta in Santander, playing concerti van Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Chopin, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff…
In 2018, he was invited by Muziekraad Vlaanderen to represent Belgium in Venezula: He performed in the famous Simon Bolivar Hall of Caracas the Maurice Ravel left hand concerto with orchestra.
In 2011, Nicholas started to study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with Jan Michiels and he joined the class of Markus Groh in de 'Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien' in Hanover in 2013.
In 2014 he followed his teacher Markus Groh to the 'Universität der Kunste' in Berlin where he is currently studying. Nicholas took masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Paul-Badura Skoda, Rudolf Buchbinder,Dmitri Bashkirov, among others.