South African-born pianist Nico de Villiers is an accompanist, teacher and coach, based in London. He holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the University of Michigan, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is currently undertaking his doctoral study.
In his formative years in South Africa Nico studied with Johan Cromhout and was a prize winner at various national music competitions. In 1999 he made his debut with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The following year he performed with the Odeion Sinfonietta and the Odeion String Quartet, both ensembles resident at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Nico de Villiers recently recorded the Piano Sonata (1958) for Toccata Classics, launched at the André Tchaikowsky Symposium at Leeds College of Music on 1 November 2013.
André Tchaikowsky is mainly known as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist. Following the recent revival of his opera The Merchant of Venice at the Bregenz Festival Toccata Classics commenced a recording project of recording various works by André Tchaikowsky. Toccata Classics is dedicated to recording the music of composers whose works have been neglected.
Listen to the Second Movement of the André Tchaikowsky Piano Sonata.