Vasilis Socratous

Vasilis Socratous

Piano Teacher in Sutton Coldfield

Email: [email protected]

Teacher Info

Vasilis Socratous is a successful and passionate musician with extensive experience as a solo and collaborative piano performer, vocal coach, and music teacher. Accomplishments in a wide catalogue of performances across Europe, alongside notable experience of teaching across all ages and spectrums in both schools and privately.

Socratous has performed in numerous recitals, chamber music concerts and concerts in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Serbia, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey having cooperated and shared the stage of many prestigious venues and internationally recognised organisations with many remarkable musicians.

His repertoire includes solo piano works from the Baroque period to the present day as well as a wide variety of major chamber music and vocal works. His connection and interest in contemporary music brought him into contact with works by new composers and their first performances, some of which have been dedicated to him.

His performance career includes concerts and appearances at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (the UK, 2017-2018), the European festival “Joy of Europe” (representation of Cyprus in Belgrade, 2007), the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (2016), the Athenaeum International Art Centre (Athens, 2017), Leo Kultursaal (International Music Days in Bad Leonfelden 2014-2016), the Larnaca Festival of Classical Music (2013, 2017), the Music Society of Alexandroupolis (Music Association of Eastern Macedonia – Thrace, 2016, 2017), the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Athens (2014, 2016), the Hellenic Union for Music Education (2016), the University of Macedonia, the Lycée Léonin d’ Athènes (Athens, 2016), the 1st International Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival in Istanbul (2010), UNESCO Cyprus Congress (2003), Events for the Accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union (2004) etc. In addition, he has appeared and recorded for Radio (Cyprus Radio Foundation, Cyprus 2003, Greece 2014, etc) the Cypriot National television and Hellenic TV.

His teaching career consists of piano lessons, accompaniment, vocal coaching, music theory and music class lessons in various musical environments such as Burton Yamaha Music School, the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Anatolia College of Thessaloniki, Heptapyrgion Festival, Giannitsa Music Lab, Manitaroulis Kindergarten School, ECO school mple melissa and others. He is currently residing in Birmingham where he teaches music at the Greek School Ayia Triada.

He received his piano diploma with honours from the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki where he studied in the class of Nikos Zafranas. At the same time, he graduated from the University of Macedonia receiving his bachelor’s degree with a major in chamber music. He holds the Licentiate (class of N. Zafranas) and the Associate (class of Christiana Antoniou – Matsis) diploma in piano performance from Trinity College of London with distinction.

He continued his postgraduate studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire studying piano accompaniment and chamber music in the class of David Quigley and Dr Robert Markham. He also attended piano, chamber music lessons and masterclasses from renowned musicians such as: Katherina Polyzoides – Sourvalis (Graz), Janna Polyzoides (Vienna), Philip Martin (Ireland), Mikhail Kazakevich (Birmingham), Christos Noulis (Thessaloniki), Filippo Gamba (Basel), Daniel Tong (Birmingham), Agathe Leimoni (Athens).

In addition to his musical career, classical studies have always been an interest of Socratous, especially the relationship between rhythm and music, linguistic studies in the Greek language, meter and rhythm and their applications to music. This was the focus of his Bachelor’s thesis (“A discussion of rhythm and meter in Greek language and music) and his research project during his postgraduate studies (“Ravel’s approach to poetic rhythm in his Cinq melodies populaires Grecques”).

Music Qualifications & Achievements:

He received his piano diploma with honours from the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki where he studied in the class of Nikos Zafranas. At the same time, he graduated from the University of Macedonia receiving his bachelor’s degree with a major in chamber music.

He holds the Licentiate (class of N. Zafranas) and the Associate (class of Christiana Antoniou – Matsis) diploma in piano performance from Trinity College of London with distinction.

He continued his postgraduate studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire studying piano accompaniment and chamber music in the class of David Quigley and Dr Robert Markham.

He also attended piano, chamber music lessons and masterclasses from renowned musicians such as Katherina Polyzoides – Sourvalis (Graz), Janna Polyzoides (Vienna), Philip Martin (Ireland), Mikhail Kazakevich (Birmingham), Christos Noulis (Thessaloniki), Filippo Gamba (Basel), Daniel Tong (Birmingham), Agathe Leimoni (Athens).

Prices:

30 mins£23.00
40 mins£26.00
60 mins£32.00

Location:

I teach my lessons from a teaching space located on Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1PB. My full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking. I also offer online and mobile lessons (subject to my availability and your location). For more information about my piano lessons simply get in touch.

Contact:

To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my music lessons, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].

Rated 5 out of 5
July 10, 2021

Vasilis is my music theory teacher. I’ve known him for the last 2 years. During the last year, our lessons are running online due to the pandemic. His enthusiasm, love for music and his effective teaching methods are reflected on the results of my exams and my general confidence. Highly recommended!

Despina Ioannidou
Rated 5 out of 5
July 10, 2021

I had the honor to start my music career with the teacher and mentor Vasilis Socratous. From my very childhood, Vasilis shared his love for Music and his artistic knowledge with me. He matured me musically, educated me, advised me, supported me, taught me not to give up and how importand is to follow our dreams. And so, I listened to him. After his guidance, I managed to achieve the Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance of the Trinity College London at the age of 16.
In addition, with his targeted advice and his infinite contagiousness, I had a successful audition at the University of Music in Cologne where I am currently an undergraduate student in piano.
Vasilis has always been the biggest inspiration for me.
He is an excellent musician, a gifted performer and at the same time a great educator and wonderful teacher, who provide a wealth of knowledge and ideas, using efficient methods of pedagogical aproaches.
Highly recommended!

Dorotheos Sokratous