Nicholas Tzavaras


Nicholas Tzavaras Photo credit: Yan Dong

Cellist Nicholas Tzavaras has toured the globe as a chamber musician, soloist, and educator for the past two decades. He has performed more than 1500 concerts worldwide, from Cartegena Columbia to the Tonhalle in Zurich to Nagasaki Japan. Since 2000, he has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet. Recent festival engagements have included the Brevard, La Jolla, and Taos festivals, the Casals festival in Prades France, the Melbourne Music Festival in Australia, and the Marlboro Festival. He has been guest principal cellist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra since 2009. He has recorded more than 21 albums for the Naxos, Delos, Bis, Centaur, Camerata, and New Albion labels, including Beethoven’s string quartet cycle and Bright Sheng’s songs for pipa and cello with Wu Man. He is currently the coordinator of the String Department and artist-in-residence at Montclair State University, a guest professor at the Shanghai and Central Conservatories of China, and on the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Boston. A native of Spanish Harlem in New York City, he began the violin with his mother, Roberta Guaspari. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he went on to receive degrees from the New England Conservatory and Stony Brook University, where his cello teachers were Laurence Lesser and Timothy Eddy. Mr. Tzavaras plays a rare 1710 Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae cello generously loaned to him by the Beare International Violin Society.