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Nikita Lukinov - Piano

Interview

1- In 2005, aged 7, you started studying at Voronezh Central Music School with Svetlana Semenkova. How do you recall those first steps and that master?

Svetlana is an alumna of Dmitry Bashkirov and she was able to cultivate my abilities in the best ways, which could be hardly overvalued, especially at such a young age. She has helped me to form unique connections with the music and particular appreciation for Chopin and Liszt.

2- Is your family musical?

My father completed a Bachelor Degree as a percussionist and my mother completed a Degree in Acting. Both of my parents didn’t specialise in these fields at the time of my childhood, although their background has played its role, and I became interested in performing arts.

3- Your first success was a Grand-Prix at the age of 12 at the International Shostakovich Piano Competition for Youth (Moscow). How do you recall that moment and do you remember which piece you played?

This was my first major success. I remember performing a set of Shostakovich Preludes and Sergei Slonimskiy “Madrigal for a fair lady” at the Small Hall of Moscow Conservatoire. During the performance, I surprisingly had no hesitations and the piano was a continuation of me. It was one of the most delightful performances in my early years!

4- After studying in Russia, you moved to London to continue your studies at Purcell School for Young Musicians, under Tatiana Sarkissova. How do you recall your moments at this institution and this master?

I couldn’t reject an offer with a full scholarship from the Purcell School, although moving to London at the age of 14 was a significant change in my life. Despite all worries, I knew I was in wise and thoughtful hands, as Tatiana Sarkissova is an alumna of Dmitry Bashkirov. Continuation of traditions of one of the most influential piano schools was truly rewarding. During my studies at the Purcell School, I was fortunate to have Wigmore Hall and Kings Place debuts, as well as to win a Concerto Competition.

5- You have won numerous competitions. Does any one of these awards stand out for you?

One of my most recent achievements was an admission to the Verbier Summer School, edition 2020. This is a highly prestigious musical event, and for a long time, it was my dream to participate there. I’m looking forward to enjoying the Verbier community at the full extent.

6- Since September 2017, you have continued your education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Petras Geniušas. How did this prestigious institution allow you to develop musically and any tutors you care to highlight in that development?

I’m grateful to the RCS Piano Department community, as it became my second family. In this institution I’m able to strive for perfection and continue pursuing my professional goals, having the very best facilities and remarkably strong support from all faculty members with no exceptions. Aaron Shorr, the Head of Piano Department, and Norman Beedie have helped me to push musical horizons further. Petras Geniušas plays a special role in my education. As an alumnus of the Russian Piano School, studied in the class of Vera Gornostaeva, his musicianship and creativity are simply outstanding.

7- Any musicians you particularly admire?

Modern pianists that inspire me: Boris Giltburg, Lukas Geniusas, Kirill Gerstein. I also highly appreciate the oeuvre of Jeff Buckley, Sting and Dmitry Hvorostovsky.

8- How often do your practice?

I have to practice at least 6 times a week, otherwise, I lose control over my hands and fingers on the keyboard.

9- Would you consider teaching in the future?

I’d very much like to share my ideas with students, especially at a higher institution. I always aim for the best quality possible, and I would like to teach those, who decided to do music professionally.

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submission June 2020