One of the most versatile flutists of Greece, Nikos Nikopoulos has been praised by the press for his velvet and rich sound as well as his faultless virtuosity. Since 2000 he has been principal flute with the Greek National Opera orchestra. As first flute he has also played with the TSSO, the Camerata – Armonia Atenea and the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra.
As soloist he has collaborated with most major orchestras of his country, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Virtuosi di Praga, the University of Leeds Chamber Orchestra, the GNO Chamber Orchestra as well as with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Leonidas Kavakos, Christopher Hogwood, Christopher Warren-Green, Sir Neville Marriner, Diemut Poppen, Olaf Koch, Hector McDonald.
He has appeared in his country’s most prestigious festivals, notably the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Megaron Concert Hall Chamber Music Cycle invited by L. Kavakos, “Demetria” Festival, “Yannis Papaioannou” Festival, International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades and he has also been invited in international venues and flute festivals (e.g. England, Ireland, Portugal and India).
Deeply devoted in chamber music, he has participated in in numerous concerts with various instrumental combinations and he was co-founder of the Hellenic Woodwind Academy. He also performs as Duo Choriambus – with harpist Georgia Xagara (CD Dialogues, 2008). Recently, he recorded the flute works by composer – flutist Ev. Kokkoris (CD, Nostalgica Utopica 2016).
Nikos is a graduate of the State Conservatoire of Thessaloniki, the Conservatory of Athens, the Hellenic Open University (Studies in European Culture) and he holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, a Master’s degree (MMus with distinction) from the University of Leeds and a Specialized Master (Soloist) from the Zurich University of Arts. He has been a scholar of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. Among his most influencial teachers are M. Ziegler, P. Lloyd, R. Davis, I. Macovei, R. Brown (traverso) and P. Morris (piccolo). As a founding member of FluteArt he was actively and repeatedly involved in the organization of the Flute Meetings, the annual flute festival of his country.
A strong supporter of historically informed performance he has participated in recordings and concerts both as soloist and orchestral player with Armonia Atenea on period instruments.
He currently teaches at Philippos Nakas Conservatory, Athens. In 2011-12 he also taught at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. In 2001 he was a finalist in the Jeunesses Musicales flute competition in Bucharest and was awarded a special prize.