Nassos is a guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, music theory geek and PhD student.
He has studied electric guitar and music theory with Pantelis Gertsos (guitarfor), while he attended Musical Praxis Conservatory to study traditional harmony & modern composition with Nikos Panagiotakis, vocals & piano with Lia Hide and jazz harmony with George Argyropoulos. Occasionally, he had acoustic guitar and songwriting (applied guitar) lessons with Max Milligan and he has studied Songwriting (Master's Degree) under the tuition of Davey Ray Moor. Currently, he's working towards his PhD, under the supervision of Dr Amanda Bayley and Dr Matthew Spring. While his main instrument is the guitar, he's also enjoying playing other instruments, like ukulele, blues harp, piano, bass guitar, banjo, lap steel guitar, baglamas, tzouras, stylophone, bouzouki… In any case, the sound is what matters the most!
In 2011, having already passed his grade 8 in Electric Guitar and Popular Muisc Theory, Nassos became accepted for music studies by several Universities in London, but unfortunately he had to decline all the offers. Thus, he attended Trinity College of Music Jazz Summer School where he enjoyed Pete Churchill's classes.
The same year, Nassos started working as an administrative assistant in LCM and RGT examinations representative office of Greece. During the same period, he started working for guitarfor.
In 2013, Nassos passed the Associate Diploma of the London College of Music in Music Teaching, and also became an RGT Registered Guitar Tutor.
In addition, he has studied Computer Science in University of Athens, which is a four-year B.Sc. (Hons) Degree, and submitted his Thesis on "An iOS App for Improving the Auditory Perception". Between 2008 and 2009 he studied Telecommunications Engineering in Aalto University in Helsinki as an Erasmus student.
In 2014, he was accepted to study Songwriting as a postgraduate student at Bath Spa University. The MMus Course Director and main tutor is Davey Ray Moor, but other lecturers also include Joe Bennett, Cliff Jones, Jez Ashurst, Richard J. Parfitt, Julianne Regan and Emma Hooper, to name but a few.
In 2015, he was selected to participate in Global Academy of Liberal Arts Conferences in Beijing. During his stay in Beijing, he studied New Media & Communication and Chinese Culture at Communication University of China. At the same time, guitarfor gradually evolved to musicfor. Along with his new job at musicfor, he also started teaching at the National Conservatory of Athens - Annex of Dionysos and Diesi Music School.
In November of 2015, he started the Sakké ConQuéso project with Ioannis Sakketos. This is a completely DIY project in which they are creating an album all alone. All musical compositions, lyrics, playing, recording, production, mixing, and even the artwork are made by the 2 musicians.
In May of 2016, just a couple of weeks after sending his PhD proposal, along with an application for a studentship, Nassos received a letter from Bath Spa University that he was shortlisted for interview. Five days later, he visited Britain and just two days after his interview he received an Offer of Admission for the PhD Fee Waiver Studentship, which is given to the maximum of 10 applicants, regardless their field of study. Consequently, Nassos has registered to study for a PhD in the College of Liberal Arts with the proposed thesis title "Sociocultural & musical characteristics of Rebetiko & Blues and their hybrids".
In November of 2016, Nassos received his Master of Music certificate that he passed with Merit and in February 2017 he attended the graduation ceremony in Bath, where he was awarded the MMus by the new ceremonial figurehead, Chancellor Jeremy Irons.
In January 2017, Nassos released his first single Under the Endless Sky under the pseudonym Nassos Conqueso. In March 2017, he released his album Love in Crisis, which is also available in Compact Disc. He's responsible for music, lyrics, arrangement, production, vocals, piano, ukulele, baglamas, tzouras, harmonica, guitar, stylophone and programming.
In addition, he has attended many seminars and master classes of great musicians, like: John Scofield, Jonathan Kreisberg, Guthrie Govan, Theodore Antoniou, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pete Churchill, Greg Howe, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart, Larry Carlton, Paul Gilbert, Adam Levy, Dave Cliff, Theo Kapilidis, Nikki Iles, Dimos Dimitriadis, Stef Burns, Yorgos Kertsopoulos, Doug Aldrich, Takis Barberis, Yiotis Samaras, Trifon Koutsourelis, Sotiris Pomonis, Konstantinos Mitropoulos, Elias Tsangaris, Fani Kosona, Antonis Antonopoulos, Anastassis Philippakopoulos, Leonidas Vrahatis.
Lastly, he's a coursera enthusiast, having successfully joined and passed courses like Berklee's Jazz Improvisation by Gary Burton, Songwriting by Pat Pattison & Developing Your Musicianship by George W. Russell Jr, University of Rochester's History of Rock & The Music of the Beatles by John Covach.