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Born in the capital of Greece Athens, Rene Nikolaou began her music studies at the age of seven. She studied piano with Sophia Garoufalis and gained the Bachelor and Diploma. After that she has attended master classes in Greece and Switzerland with internationally renowned pianists such as Aris Garoufalis, Martino Tirimo and Paul Badura Skoda. She also completes her
studies in Music Theory, where she excels, next to the conductor George Aravidis. Since 1992 she teaches piano, chamber music and music theory at many conservatoires of Athens, as well as, in Primary and Secondary Education (Music High Schools). As a musician she has performed with various music ensembles of chamber music, chοirs and recitals for two pianos with the pianist Marilena Spachi.
She has composed many works for piano solo (Studies, Valse Lente, Nocturnes, etc.), chamber music for piano and cello, and the work “Metachorisis” written for symphonic orchestra and choir. She has also composed a children's operetta called ''The fox became a nun'' based on a poem of the significant greek poet George Drosinis, and a collection of “Children's songs” part of which was presented in the ''School’s Choral Festival'' at the Cathedral of Ekatontapiliani at the island of Paros (May 2009). Her works for piano solo ''Two small canons'' and ''Etude No.2'' have been awarded with the ''Finalist of the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2010'' and ''Honorable Mention Citation'' respectively at the contest organized by the National Academy of Music, State of Colorado, USA. She also received the "Winner of the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011" for the piano works "Little Tangos for Little Pianists". Her book, titled “Synaesthesia”, contains a collection with works for piano solo and piano-cello by “Cambia” publishing