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, Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow.

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Since September 2022 Nikita already gave recitals at the Steinway Hall in London, British Institute in Florence, Hastings International Piano Series, Vaduz Rathaussaal in Liechtenstein, “Celebrity recitals” concert series in Shrewsbury and completed a tour of 6 concerts in Scotland. In January 2023 Nikita will have his debut at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

Highlights of the 2021-22 season included:
1st Prize at “Sheepdrove” UK Intercollegiate Competition, 2021; Gran-Prix at the International Competition “Tokyo Stars”, Japan 2021; 2nd Prize at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, Spain 2021. Nikita had his performances at the Southbank Centre in London, the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland - the world’s leading festival of classical music. 
In March 2022 Nikita performed with the Royal College of Music Prince Consort Orchestra under the baton of Simon Crawford-Phillips in Hastings. In April 2022 in Shrewsbury, UK, Nikita gave a recital in aid of Ukraine. More than £5,000 was raised from this event. In 2020 Nikita Lukinov was appointed as “Emissary of the Muses” of San Antonio, State of Texas. 

Nikita is a recipient of scholarships from ABRSM, The Munster Trust, Robert Turnbull Piano Foundation, Drake Calleja Fund, Liechtenstein Academy of Music, the HelpMusicians Postgraduate Award and Voronezh’s State award “For outstanding cultural achievements”. Nikita is one of the musicians at the Talent Unlimited and Live Music Now Scotland schemes.

A disciple of the Russian Piano School Nikita Lukinov 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 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.

In 2013 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 was awarded 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 with Honours Bachelor of Music Degree and a full scholarship from ABRSM to pursue a Master of Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Nikita's debut CD is scheduled for release in 2023 with KNS Classical label. Since October 2022 Nikita has also started teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, being the youngest senior staff in all the UK’s higher musical institutions.

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