Born in Auckland, Nick Jones learned classical violin and piano since the age of 4. Working as a professional musician for the past 18 years and as an itinerant teacher within local schools, Nick performs a range of styles of music. He also plays in various ensembles such as chamber groups, corporate bands, acoustic duos and as a solo performer – most recognised for performing with an electric violin playing instrumental versions of popular songs. Nick is also a sought after session musician. He is frequently arranging and recording string parts and improvising over artists’ songs, requiring him to be versatile in different styles of playing: folk, country, jazz and classical.
Nick graduated with post-graduate honours studying jazz performance at the New Zealand School of Music (a conjoint between Massey and Victoria Universities). He specialises in improvisation on the violin and believes developing creativity on an instrument is such a valuable tool for any musician.
Nick uses the Suzuki method when teaching young children and beginners, incorporating his ways to approach developing techniques to reflect the goals and learning style of a student. Throughout his childhood, Nick, like many of his peers, sat practical and theory examinations and competed in local competitions which have been the foundation for what he does professionally as a performer. Nick believes in encouraging students to perform in public as they learn and grow to become a confident player.