Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Nikita attended the Karaganda Special Music School in Kazakhstan at the age of 7 where he studied double bass with Pavel Bobrovskiy. He then studied at the Rimskiy-Korsakov Conservatoire in St Petersburg under the teaching of Alexandr Shilo. After a master class with Rinat Ibragimov and Thomas Martin he was invited to study with them at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London funded by the Leverhumle trust. Whilst studying Nikita received the Martin Musical Scholarship for gifted musicians and graduated in 2010.
Nikita is currently Principal Double Bass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has held the position since 2010. He has worked with many of the finest orchestras and played as a guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
Nikita regularly appears as a soloist and in 2012 won 2nd prize at the Koussevitzky double bass competition in St Petersburg. His solo performances include, Hallgrímsson’s Sonnambulo for Double Bass with the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra in Iceland, Tubin’s Double Bass Concerto at the Pärnu music festival, Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on tour in Scotland and with the St Petersburg Camerata at the Musical Olympus festival and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise with Lars Vogt at Heimbach “Spannungen” Kammermusik Festival. Nikita is a friend of the Scottish Bass Trust who he frequently performs recitals with and who partly commissioned Sonnambulo.
In addition, Nikita is a keen chamber musician. He is a member of the internationally recognised chamber group, the London Concord Ensemble and has recently featured with them at the BBC lunchtime series at the Wigmore Hall. Nikita performs regularly at the Chamber Sundays Series at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, besides appearing in festivals in Norway, Germany and Estonia. His recordings include Mozart: Divertimento K.334 which was Named ‘Gramophone Choice’ in the February 2012 issue.
In 2014 Nikita taught a master class at the International Järvi Academy as part of the Pärnu music festival and also began teaching the double bass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Nikita plays with Eudoxa strings from Pirastro.