Nikos SyropoulosPortland, OR
“Nikos Syropoulos is one of those rare musicians who, from the first note, broadcasts that they ‘got it’ … ‘it’ being that mysterious ingredient and quality that is recognizably unique to ARTISTS, and ‘got’ being the performer gene that allows the artist to get his or her message across to all who will listen. I encourage one and all to listen well to Nikos. His music is a tonic to the toxins of today. He actually gives me hope for tomorrow’s music.” —Peter Erskine
Nikos Syropoulos is an award-winning pianist and composer. A three-time recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, Nikos has gained national recognition for his original music and has toured internationally as a pianist/keyboardist. He is the leader of the jazz chamber ensemble, Rozalía, which has independently released three albums. Named in honor of his late Greek grandmother, Rozalía features Nikos’ original compositions written for piano and strings, drawing upon his main musical influences, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Keith Jarrett, and Egberto Gismonti.
Nature also plays a large part in influencing Nikos’ music, and in 2017 he created a music video series entitled, Looking Up at Trees to explore this connection. Looking Up at Trees is an ever-growing collection of short beautiful videos of trees, accompanied by original musical vignettes inspired by each individual species.
Nikos thrives on working collaboratively with other artists, including those from other media such as dance, theater, and film. In 2013 he composed and produced the music for the original dance performance, Gone, choreographed by and featuring tap dancer, Melinda Sullivan. The work saw its premiere in New York City at the Alvin Ailey Citi Group Theater. From 2015-2017 Nikos continued his collaboration with Ms. Sullivan, creating Portrait of Rhythm, a project featuring his music for Rozalía and tap dance, fusing chamber jazz with traditional South American and Spanish rhythms. Currently, he is working on a duo album for cello and piano, featuring cellist, Hillary Smith.
Nikos is an alumnus of The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in jazz piano performance. He teaches the Taubman Approach to piano technique and is mentored by master teacher, Robert Durso.
Wind & Sand
From Nikos’ project, “Portrait of Rhythm,”performed by Rozalía and featuring tap dancers Melinda Sullivan and Sarah Reich.
Raindrops in the Wind
A duet for cello piano composed by Nikos featuring cellist, Hillary Smith.