Biography

Heralded for “magic of music-making at its finest” (Keyboard Charitable Trust) and praised as “Exceptional talent” (The Scotsman), Nikita Lukinov is one of the most exciting pianists of a younger generation residing in Scotland. In recent years he performed as a soloist in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Poland, Croatia, Germany and Russia, appearing at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place, Fazioli Hall, Vaduz Rathaussaal, St. Petersburg Music House, Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow. 

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In March 2022 Nikita performed with the Royal College of Music Prince Consort Orchestra under the baton of Simon Crawford-Phillips in Hastings. Nikita’s most recent awards include:
1st Prize at the “Sheepdrove” UK Intercollegiate Competition, 2021;
Governor’s Prize for the most outstanding recital in RCS Piano Department, 2021;
2nd Prize at the Franz Liszt Center International Piano Competition, Spain 2021.
In Summer 2021 Nikita participated in the “Verbier Festival” in Switzerland and the "Fringe Festival" in Edinburgh. In 2020 Nikita Lukinov was appointed as “Emissary of the Muses” of San Antonio, State of Texas. 
Nikita is a recipient of scholarships from Voronezh’s State government “For outstanding cultural achievements”, Help Musicians Postgraduate Award, The Munster Trust, Robert Turnbull Piano Foundation. Nikita is a musician at the Talent Unlimited scheme in London and Live Music Now in Scotland.

A disciple of the Russian Piano School Nikita Lukinov has started his musical education with Svetlana Semenkova, an alumna of Dmitry Bashkirov, at the age of six in Voronezh, Russia. Nikita’s first significant success was a Grand-Prix at the 2010 International Shostakovich Piano Competition for Youth in Moscow. This led to a debut with a symphonic orchestra was at the age of 11. Other achievements include 1st place in the Inter-Russian piano competition for young pianists, Finalist in an International television competition for young musicians “Nutcracker”, 1st place in the Inter-Russian Concerto competition, where he performed a Chopin piano Concerto 1 op.11 with the Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 14.

After studying in Russia Nikita won a full scholarship to continue his education at The Purcell School, a specialist music school in London, with Prof. Tatiana Sarkissova, an alumna of Dmitry Bashkirov. In 2017 Nikita won a full scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Prof. Petras Geniušas, an alumnus of V. Gornostaeva. In 2021 Nikita was awarded a First-Class Bachelor of Music Degree and a full scholarship from ABRSM to pursue a Master of Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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So far Nikita has had masterclasses with maestri András Schiff, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Dmitry Bashkirov, Dmitry Alexeev, Steven Osborne, Kirill Gerstein, Klaus Hellwig, Noriko Ogawa, Vladimir Viardo, Dang Thai Son, Aaron Shorr, Yaron Kohlberg and others.