Skalkottas, Nikos [Nikolaos]
- John Thornley
(b Halkis, Evia, 21 March 1904; dAthens, 20 Sept 1949). Greek composer.
His father, Alexis, and uncle, Kostas, were both musicians. When the latter lost his position of musical director of the town band in 1906 as the result of legal and political intrigues, the family moved to Athens with the two-year-old Nikos already showing signs of musicianship. At the age of five he began violin lessons with his father and uncle, and at ten he entered the Athens Conservatory, graduating at the age of 16 with a highly-acclaimed performance of the Beethoven Concerto. A year later, in ...