"Music is the shorthand of emotion" - Leo Tolstoy

Nick Bonadias

Nick has been living and teaching in East London since 2015, and has been finding different ways to press piano keys – often in different combinations – for much longer. As a teacher, they’ve been proud to accompany a number of new and experienced musicians on their ways to fluency, expression, and musical independence, across the spectrum of styles and approaches that keyboard music has to offer.

Originally from the U.S., Nick came to London for a masters at the Royal Academy of Music, also earning their teaching licentiate (LRAM). They’ve since just completed a doctorate at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, which reconsidered common teaching and learning practices in classical conservatoires – thinking of ways musicianship teaching might serve underrepresented and marginalized groups more inclusively.

As a soloist and accompanist, they’ve featured in numerous recitals in the southeast, including at the Barbican and St. John Smith’s Square; elsewhere, they’ve written and music directed Offie-nominated community opera productions at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, and accompanied burlesque nights at the nearby Glory, among other appearances.


Reflective of teaching experience mixed with ‘real life’ musicianship, Nick’s work with any student is highly interactive, responsive, and – as challenges are met and celebrated each week – geared toward a sense of self-directed, self-generative fulfilment. (In other words: finding that piano can feel good – perhaps even a bit addicting!) From younger beginners to working professionals, Nick’s students have gained fluency in mastering pieces, sight reading, chord symbols, improvisation, and/or composition, depending on their goals; others have excelled in graded exams, taken up music O- and A-levels, shared their own songs alone or in a band, accompanied choirs, and/or won auditions to higher music education.

When not traveling to students, Nick teaches from their home studio in Walthamstow, where they live with husband Alex and their puppy, Gio, who just turned 2.