Biography

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.

Academic Qualifications
 
PhD in Music (October 2016 - September 2023)
MMus in Songwriting, with Merit
BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
Associate Diploma of the London College of Music in Music Teaching
Degree in Harmony
Bath Spa University
Bath Spa University
University of Athens
Guitarfor Education
Musical Praxis Conservatory
Membership of Professional Bodies
 
International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Registry of Guitar Tutors
IASPM Member
Registered Member/Tutor
Summer Schools & Erasmus
 
Jazz Summer School
Telecommunications Engineering (Erasmus)
New Media & Communication Summer School
Trinity College of Music
Helsinki University of Technology
Communication University of China
Workshops
 
 
 
Open Composition Workshop with a 6-month duration. Lecturers:

Anastasis Philippakopoulos
Antonis Antonopoulos
Fani Kosona
 
Theodore Antoniou
“Glances at the latest creative period of L. V. Beethoven”
“Harmonic Column & Polychords”
“Structure of the musical work - proposals for an improved awareness of the process of musical composition”
“Composition: Creative approach (narrative form-instant form-horizontal orchestration-narrative rhythms-other organizational systems-creative analysis)”
Teaching Experience
 
Private Tuition
Musicfor Music School
National Conservatory of Dionysos
Diesi Music School
Musical Praxis Conservatory
Electric & acoustic guitar, theory, ukulele, songwriting
Songwriting, 2016-now
Ukulele, Guitar, 2015-now
Songwriting, Ukulele, 2016-now
Theory, 2012-2013
Songwriting & Music Production Experience
 
Nassos Conqueso Love in Crisis
N. Conqueso Under the Endless Sky
Sakké ConQuéso project
Sala Niva album
songwriter (music & lyrics), producer, recording musician
songwriter (music & lyrics), producer, vocalist
songwriter (music & lyrics), co-producer, recording musician
producer, recording musician
Performance Experience
 
As a guitarist, vocalist, ukulelist, harmonicist
as a solo artist or special guest of fellow artists and bands
or for guitarfor, Anamesa Festival and some bands
in stages like gazARTE, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Stavros tou Notou, etc.
Seminars & Master Classes
 
− Adventures in Creative Computing with Professor Andrew Hugill, Oct 2016 - Bath Spa Uni.
− Jazz Guitar Masterclass with Thodoris Kotsifas, Apr 2016 – musicfor
− Jazz Guitar Masterclass with John Abercrombie, Mar 2016 – musicfor
− Guitar Masterclass with Al Di Meola, Feb 2016 – gazARTE
− Professional Collaboration with Cliff Jones & Jez Ashurst, Jan 2016 – Corsham Court, BSU
− The Publisher’s Perspective with Hugo Turquet (BMG), Jan 2016 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa Uni.
− Context and Methodology with Julianne Regan, Jan 2016 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
− Online Research with Katie Rickard, Jan 2016 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
− AG2f “Sounds” with Eivind Aarset, Noël Akchoté & Babis Papadopoulos, Dec 2015 – musicfor
− Applied Guitar with Max Milligan, Sep 2015 – Private Session
− Fingerstyle Accompaniments & Arrangements by Leo Turner, Sep 2015 – RGT Conference, UWL
− Creative Acoustic Guitar by Chris Woods, Sep 2015 – RGT Conference, University of West London
− Becoming a Full-time Guitar Teacher with Al Summers, Ray Bradfield & David Millar, Sep 2015 – RGT Conference, University of West London
− Contemporary Songs on Acoustic with Max Milligan, Sep 2015 – RGT Conference, UWL
− History of the Blues with Paul Trynka (Mojo Magazine), Sep 2015 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa Uni.
− A life in song with Nigel Clark, Sep 2015 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
− A record company’s view of the song industry with Simon Drake, Sep 2015 – Corsham Court
− History of Song: Six Songs Under Analysis with Julianne Regan, Cliff jones & Jez Ashurst, Sep 2015 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa Universtiy
− Guitar “In Pieces”. Make your sound... personal with Pantelis Gertsos, May 2015 – drumworld
− Jazz Improvisation Seminar with Craig Bailey, Mar 2015 – guitarfor
− Research and the Arts with Dr. Emma Hooper, Jan 2015 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
− Post-graduate Research with Joe Bennett PhD, Jan 2015 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
− Collaborating Professionally with Jez Ashurst, Jan 2015 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
− Collaborative Songwriting with Joe Bennett PhD, Jan 2015 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
− Finding the Musical Source with Vic Hyland, Sep 2014 – RGT Conference, UWL
− Playing Jazz on the Uke with Phil Doleman, Sep 2014 – RGT Conference, UWL
− Lap Steel and Dobro with Chris Eaton, Sep 2014 – RGT Conference, University of West London
− Arranging Songs for Acoustic Guitar with Max Milligan, Sep 2014 – RGT Conference, UWL
− RGT Ukulele Exams Official Lunch with Tony Skinner & Pete Farrugia, Sep 2014 – RGT Confer.
− Creativity, Constraints and Collaboration with Joe Bennett PhD, Sep 2014 – Corsham Court, BSU
− History of Song: Six Songs Analysis with Lucy Ray, Richard J. Parfitt, Cliff Jones, Joe Bennett PhD & Jez Ashurst (5 sessions), Sep 2014 – Corsham Court, Bath Spa University
− Guitar Days with Jonathan Kreisberg, July 2014 – guitarfor
− Guitar in Business with Carlos E.Perez, May 2014 – drumworld
− Acoustic Guitar Masterclass with Andy McKee, May 2014 – gazARTE
− Gypsy Jazz Seminar with Sotiris Pomonis, Konstantinos Mitropoulos & Ilias Tsagkaris, Apr 2014 – drumworld
− Songwriting Seminar by Adam Levy, Mar 2014 – guitarfor
− Jazz Drums Masterclass with Bill Stewart, Dec 2013 – Chytirio Theatre & Art Cafe
− Jazz Guitar Masterclass with Peter Bernstein, Dec 2013 – guitarfor
− Guitar Clinic with Yiotis Samaras, Nov 2013 – guitarfor
− Guitar Concert Masterclass with Larry Carlton, Oct 2013 – Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation
− Workshop – Concert with Greg Howe, Mar 2013 – Stavros tou Notou
− The jazz musician, education, skills and collective creation with Dimos Dimitriadis, Feb 2013 – Musical Praxis Conservatory
− Workshop: Creativity and Inspiration. Using Music Ideas. Musical Structuring. With John Howard PhD, Director of LCME, Jan 2013 – Musical Praxis Conservatory
− Jazz Guitar Seminar with Theo Kapilidis, Dec 2012 – guitarfor
− Jazz Guitar Seminar with Jonathan Kreisberg, Nov 2012 – Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation
− Workshop – Concert with Paul Gilbert, Sep 2012 – Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation
− Jazz Guitar Seminar with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Apr 2012 – guitarfor
− Guitar Seminar with Doug Aldrich, Feb 2012 – guitarfor
− Kertsopoulos Aesthetics with Yorgos Kertsopoulos, Dec 2011 – guitarfor
− Guitar Clinic with Guthrie Govan, Nov 2011 – guitarfor
− Music Technology Seminars with Trifon Koutsourelis, Oct 2011 – guitarfor
− Guitar Seminar by Takis Barberis, Oct 2011 – guitarfor
− Unfolding the big picture in Jazz with Pete Churchill, Dave Cliff & Nikki Iles, Jul 2011 – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
− Jazz Guitar Seminar with John Scofield, 2009 – Art Music School − Guitar Clinic with Stef Burns, Nov 2006 – Athens
Administrative Experience
 
Musicfor music school
LCM & RGT Exams Representative
Guitarfor music school
Administrative assistant, promoter, co-organizer, since 2015
Administrative assistant, promoter, since 2011
Administrative assistant, promoter, co-organizer, 2011-2015
Conferences
 
2015, RGT Guitar Tutors Conference
2015, Global Academy of Liberal Arts Conference
2014, RGT Guitar Tutors Conference
University of West London
Beijing Forum, CUC
University of West London
Studentships
 
PhD Fee Waiver Studentship
Bath Spa University, May 2016
Relative Experience
 
Guitar Technician
Web Designer & Developer
Photographer
Tom Baxter concert, GazArte
"Anamesa Festival", Musicfor music school, "Anamesa mas", etc.
Concerts, Festivals, Seminars, Shows, Master Classes
Online Courses (MOOC)
 
Berklee College of Music via Coursera
 
 
 
 
 
University of Rochester via Coursera
 
Curtis Institute of Music via Coursera
Modern Musician
Songwriting
Introduction to Music Production
Developing your Musicianship
Jazz Improvisation
The Art of Music Production
History of Rock
The Music of the Beatles
The World of the String Quartet
Other Experience
 
Elected Secretary, Student Union, University of Athens, 2009 – 2010
FOSS – UOA, Co-founder, member, lecturer
Alexander Technique with Nick Mastrokostopoulos, 2011 – 2012
Drama Therapy with Dimitra Stavrou, 2009 – 2012