Nicky Losseff is a pianist, accompanist and piano teacher based in York. She works as a freelance piano accompanist for concerts, exam recitals and music exams, teaches the piano privately and at the University of York, and adjudicates music competitions. She also has a parallel career as an events pianist, playing for weddings, parties and corporate events.
Following early studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Nicky won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton. She graduated with a Distinction and five awards for her piano playing, including the Lloyd Hartley prize. She was also a prizewinner in the Dudley International Piano Competition. During this time, she gave public recitals and BBC broadcasts.
After a period working as a music teacher in Iceland and India, she went to study for BMus, and then a PhD, at Kings College London. She graduated top of her year with a starred First and her postgraduate studies were funded by the British Academy.
Nicky’s main career has until recently been as an academic at the University of York, where she worked for over 20 years. Her research led to books and articles on subjects as diverse as medieval polyphony, the aesthetics of silence, music in nineteenth-century fiction, Kate Bush, and the interface between music and psychoanalysis. At York, she ran the MA in Piano Studies and taught undergraduate modules on Performance, Beethoven, Medieval Music, The Romantic Piano, Chamber Music, Renaissance Music, Gender and Music, Critical Musicology, and Bartok. She has given masterclasses at the University of York and some of its partner institutions in China. She has supervised and examined PhD students in musicology and performance studies. Nicky left academia in 2016 in order to go back to a life more directly centred around the piano.
Nicky has always performed regularly — everything from module recital accompaniments to piano concertos. Some recent performance venues include the Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York Central Hall, National Centre for Early Music, Fairfax House, Temple Newsam, Lotherton Hall and the Lawrence Batley theatre. Some of her other performances have included recordings of contemporary piano music, issued on the NMC label, and appearances with Gamelan Sekar Petak at the Huddersfield and Cheltenham Festivals and on BBC Radio 3.
Nicky was honoured in 2007 by the Royal Academy of Music to have been awarded the ARAM, given to alumni who have ‘distinguished themselves in their musical career’.
The audience remained transfixed from the moment of her appearance until her departure, while in between we were transported to beautiful and distant resonant worlds…. Her conviction for the music comes through effortlessly, infecting the audience, and the great overall architecture and proportion of the Sonatas as a whole crystallises in her presentation. Xenia Pestova, I Care if You Listen, 2012
…a delicious performance of Brahms: intimate, witty and entirely musical in every detail. This extraordinary level of musicianship continued with two songs each by Brahms and Strauss…. Losseff’s accompaniment was simply a delight. York Press, 2016
The performance of John Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra … was without doubt a wonderful experience…. there was a lovely intimacy in this performance, particularly in the piano episodes brilliantly played by Nicky Losseff. Steve Crowther, York Press, 2012