- 7 years ago
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Elena Nikolaidi, 1909-2002, ("Niki") had been more than a voice teacher to me: House mate for summers in Santa Fe, NM, and in Houston, TX after graduating from UH. She's my"Greek Grandmather" who taught me to make delicious Greek avgolemone soup, Kurabiedes cookies, Tiropita, Spanakopita, Pastitio and Moussaka. Besides taking care of house chores often I accompanied on the piano for her vocal students, but invaluable were the ongoing mini vocalizing she had me do round the clock when she's not teaching. She constantly searched for ways to communicate to her students the way to freedom in singing. Me being the happy guinea pig got to learn by osmosis. When I moved to NY in 1994 to learn Audio Engineering Niki sent me some LP and reel to reels of her singing for me to digitize. Beethoven's An Die Ferne Geliebte has always been special to me. Now even more so for her students and admirers who might get to listen to her once more even though she is far away from us for the time being.