Musicians Guild of Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
Born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1973, Nicolas Papageorgiou studied Timpani and Percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam. In 1999 he was appointed Principal Timpanist of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds today.
A passionate believer in the rights of performing musicians, Nicolas was a founding member of the Musicians‘ Guild of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (SOMESOK), and served as its president from 2005-2011.
During his tenure as presidency, Nicolas led the Guild to membership of the Pancyprian Workers‘ Federation, and led the negotiating team which established the first collective agreement between the orchestra’s musicians and management. He has represented the interests of the orchestra’s musicians, individually and collectively, at the level of the Orchestra’s Board of Directors, the Ministry of Labour, and the Education Committee of the Cyprus Parliament.
In 2013, Nicolas was appointed by the current board of SOMESOK to form and lead its International Relations and Research Unit.