Nikita Lukinov was born in Russia in 1998. In 2005 he started studying at Voronezh Central Music School with Svetlana Semenkova, an alumna of Dmitry Bashkirov. Nikita’s first success was a Grand-Prix at the 2010 International Shostakovich Piano Competition for Youth (Moscow). Nikita’s 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 of an International television competition for young musicians “Nutcracker”, 1st place in the Inter-Russian Concerto competition, where he performed a Chopin piano Concerto No1 op.11 with on orchestra at the age of 14.
After studying in Russia, Nikita won a full scholarship to continue his studies in London at Purcell School for Young Musicians, the oldest and one of the most prestigious specialist music school in the UK. His musicianship was cultivated by Tatiana Sarkissova, a Dmitry Bashkirov’s alumna. While studying at the Purcell School Nikita had his Kings Place and Wigmore Hall debuts, he also won The Purcell School Concerto Competition. He performed Prokofiev Concerto 1 op.10 and Mozart Concerto 15 K.450 with the Purcell School Orchestra at the age of 15.
Nikita has been fortunate to gain numerous concert opportunities at prestigious venues across the UK and outside, such as St. Martin in the Fields, Wigmore Hall (London), Kings Place (London), Fazioli Hall (Italy), The Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg Music House.
So far Nikita has had masterclasses with maestri Dmitry Bashkirov, Dmitry Alexeev, Steven Osborne, Kirill Gerstein, Olga Kern, Noriko Ogawa, J-F. Bavouzet, Vladimir Viardo, Dang Thai Son, Aaron Shorr, Boris Slutsky, Yaron Kohlberg, Joanna MacGregor and others.
Since September 2017, Nikita continues his education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a full scholarship with Petras Geniušas.
Nikita is the recipient of a personal scholarship from Voronezh’s State Government “For Outstanding Cultural Achievements”, “Russian Children’s Foundation” and an international charity foundation “New Names”. Nikita is a recipient of a personal scholarship from the National Artist of Russia V. Ovchinnikov, scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, where participated in the Intensive Music Weeks and activities offered by the Academy in 2020. Nikita is one of the musicians at the Talent Unlimited scheme (London). 2021 highlights should include participation at the “Verbier Music Festival”, “Art of the Piano” Festival in the USA and a debut recital at the Steinway Hall in London.
Nikita’s most recent awards include 1st place in the Inter-Russian Competition “Music Talents of Russia”, 2020, Russia; 2nd place at the Franz Liszt Center International Piano Competition, Spain, 2021.