Nicholas Deek grew up in a very musical family. His mother, herself an excellent pianist, gave Nicholas his first piano lessons. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Ottawa, where he studied piano with Dr. Stéphane Lemelin and Andrew Tunis. His other piano teachers include Judy Ginsburg, Sandra Webster, Fred Lacroix, and David Jalbert.
With over 75 performances a year, Nicholas has a very active performance schedule. He has been the featured soloist at various events including weddings, funerals, cocktail hours, fundraisers, Christmas parties, church services, as well as solo recitals. In 2017, Nicholas accompanied the Ewashko Singers chorus at the National Arts Centre for the Broadway POPS shows with maestro Jack Everly. Highlights of Nicholas’s performing career include performing for organizations that help make a difference to those in need. In 2016, along with his quintet, Nicholas performed for a fundraising event for Capital Welcomes, an organization launched in 2015 to aid Syrian refugees integrate in Ottawa. In 2013, Nicholas organized and performed in a solo benefit concert for Just Equipping, an organization that provides relief to refugees in Rwanda. As a performer, Nicholas connects with audiences in delivering elegant and passionate performances in a wide range of styles and genres including virtuosic solo recitals. Nicholas has been part of many ensembles and frequently collaborates with other musicians and vocalists.
Nicholas has participated in the Canada Music Competition, and the Kiwanis Music Festival. He has performed in classical, jazz & contemporary ensembles, as well as accompanied singers and instrumentalists. In August 2017, Nicholas was a guest artist in the Orford Academy of Arts Music Festival in Orford, Québec, where he performed Beethoven and Chopin. Nicholas has also been a guest artist at the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland. With a passion for performing, he has participated in numerous masterclasses, including Chamber Music masterclasses with members of the Gryphon Trio & Afiara String Quartet; Art Song masterclasses with Michael McMahon and David Lutz; as well as Solo Piano masterclasses with Jean-François Latour, Evelyne Brancart, Ursula Oppens, Jamie Parker, & Jean-Paul Sévilla.
In January 2018, Nicholas was accepted to study music at the Master’s level at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he studied piano with James Kirby, Matthew Stanley, and Mary Dullea, as well as composition with Aaaron Holloway-Nahum, electronic music with Chris Whiter, and music theory. Nicholas enjoys teaching piano and theory at his home, in Ottawa, and has been invited to perform for a wedding and other concerts in England in July 2018.