Vladimir Nikolov Creative Page

Vladimir Nikolov was born 1979 and raised in Skopje, Macedonia. He started music at the age of 14, beginning with the guitar. Soon after, he enrolled in classical guitar studies with Vera Ogrizović and Pablo Barón, graduating with an original composition. Deeply inspired by private lessons and the mentorship of Ilija Pejovski, Vladimir began cross-over composing and arranging. After departing for the Netherlands in the autumn of 2002, he started jazz composition and arranging studies with Jurre Haanstra, at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He finished both Bachelor's and Master's studies in 7 semesters.

As a composer/arranger and band leader, Vladimir worked with many different orchestras and ensembles, including the Metropole Orchestra, Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Magogo Chamber Orchestra, Concert Big Band of the Amsterdam Conservatory, Pophorn Big Band, Jazzmania Big Band, Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna, Barga Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet. Among the collaborative artists, he worked with: John Clayton, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Ronnie Cuber, Gino Vannelli, Andy Narell, Sertab Erener, Tuluğ Tirpan, Sensuál, Slobodan Trkulja, Henk van Twillert, to name but a few.

As guitarist, pianist and composer/arranger, Vladimir took part in a number of workshops and courses, including the Summer Jazz Workshop with Michael Abene, Justin DiCioccio, the “Composing for Film” course led by Jurre Haanstra and Toon Vieijra, Jim McNeely's arrangers workshop, and the Arrangers Workshop 2003 with John Clayton and the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands. Vladimir is a permanent member of Trojka with composer and pianist Aleksandar Pejovski and cellist Dragan Gonevski as well as the contemporary jazz quartet with international members – Official Language.

Vladimir's powerful compositions and arrangements have won several international prizes, including two first prizes for original compositions and four hommages to the great jazz composers Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and David Liebman.

In addition to composing and arranging, Vladimir also works on music transcription and music engraving work. He has worked with such artists as: Ilija Pejovski (Composers' Association of Macedonia), the Macedonian Philharmonic, Jurre Haanstra (Simba Music), Fred van Straten (Musical Director of the Royal Carré Orchestra), Loet van der Lee Quartet, Boudewijn Leeuwenberg, Fleurine, among others.

Vladimir also worked part-time as a teacher (ear training, harmony and arranging, jazz ensembles) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He also taught arranging, jazz ensembles and ear training at the Jazz Dept. of FMU at University “Goce Delčev” in Štip (Macedonia) and ESRA, Skopje.

Vladimir's music is frequently performed by world renowned orchestras and artists in the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

Updated:  October 12, 2010

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