Nikita Lukinov

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The #1 classical pianist under 30 in Scotland. 350+ concerts in 15 countries. Guaranteed WOW effect
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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, Usher Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place, Fazioli Hall and Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow. In the 2022-23 season Nikita already gave recitals at the Steinway Hall in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, British Institute in Florence, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, embassy of the City of Hamburg representing Steinway&Sons pianos, Hastings International Piano Series, Vaduz Rathaussaal in Liechtenstein, “Celebrity recitals” concert series in Shrewsbury, completed a tour of 10 concerts in Scotland and performed live for BBC Radio Scotland. In January 2023 Nikita won the “Walcer Prize” Competition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and had his solo recital 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 April 2022 in Shrewsbury, UK, Nikita gave a recital in aid of Ukraine. Another concert of this nature was in Berlin in December 2022. More than £10,000 was raised from these events. Nikita holds first-class Bachelor and Master degrees, and is currently pursuing Artist Diploma degree on full scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since October 2022 he is also a teacher in the piano department, being the youngest senior staff in the UK Music Conservatoires at this moment.

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Joanna B
1 year ago, for a Birthday party in 12–16 St Vincent Pl
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5 out of 5

Nikita is an exceptional pianist that I was so lucky to have for my private birthday party! He blew away the roof of the restaurant with his playing and the evening was truly mesmerising thanks to his playing. A real master who is so sensitive and professional in his work.

John H
1 year ago, for a Concert in Market Drayton TF9
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5 out of 5

Market Drayton Festival Centre Twenty-four-year-old pianist Nikita Lukinov brought star quality to the Festival Centre stage and gave a performance which was both a technical and emotional triumph. It began with an unusual introduction, as Lukinov explained that his opening piece was described by Clara Schumann as ‘nothing but blind noise’. Lukinov looked nonplussed then added, “A top critic at the time said whoever has heard it and finds it beautiful is beyond help.” He held his palms out in entreaty and shrugged his shoulders. Then he sat down in front of the keys and played Liszt’s B minor Sonata, which has become one of the most popular works for the piano. The sonata opened, as it ended, with a profoundly restful deep bass note. Lukinov commanded the audience’s attention and held it captive for the thirty minutes of compelling, impassioned, and yes, beautiful, music which filled the space between them. His playing of this technically very challenging piece was riveting. He brought to it an overarching grace that subsumed the sense of wonder at how it was being achieved. He was there to take his audience on an emotional journey via a magnificent piece of music, and he did just that. It was thrilling and deeply affecting. And that was by way of a warm-up, Lukinov half-joked as he introduced the second half of his programme. This was Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, played with no significant breaks, dedicated to Liszt and widely considered to be one of the most difficult works for the piano. Schumann was bipolar and described these ‘piano poems’ as reflecting opposite and complementary sides of his personality: one extrovert and excitable, the other more introverted, lyrical and melancholic. Lukinov called the five etudes apparently discarded by the composer initially “arguably the finest romantic music ever written.” The more ‘introverted’ etudes evoked the richest feelings and thoughts, but seemed magnified by their juxtaposition with the dynamic outbursts. Lukinov made a beautiful whole of the differing passions, seeming transported by them as he played. His obvious love of the music was infectious. It is rare for a classical music audience at the Festival Centre to show its appreciation by augmenting applause with the stomping of feet on the sounding-board-floor of the raked seating. Lukinov responded with a perfectly chosen encore: Tchaikovsky’s Meditation.

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Nikita's Song list

Selected Sonatas
WTC 1 C major,
C# Minor,
E-flat minor,
G major,
B-flat Major;
Toccata 8 G minor BWV 915
Selected Sonatas;
Fantasy in D minor 

Sonata B minor XVI/32;
E minor XVI/34
Sonatas 1 op.2,
3 op.2,
8 op.13,
11 op.22,
12 op.26,
21 op.53,
27 op.90;
32 Variations WoO 80
op.10 no 1,
Ballade 1 op.23;
Scherzo 3 op.39;
Selected Valses,
Sonetto 104,
Transcendental Etudes
“Wilde Jagd”,
Concert Etude “Gnomenringen”;
Schumann-Liszt - “Widmung” S.566;
& Tarantelle”
from Annees de Pelerinage,
Sonata in B Minor S.178
Symphonic Etudes op.13
Kinderszhen op.15
Scene No.1 Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples)
Scene No.2 | Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story)
Scene No.3 | Hasche-Mann (Blind Man's Bluff)
Scene No.4 | Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
Scene No.5 | Glückes genug (Happy Enough) Scene No.6 | Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
Scene No.7 | Träumerei (Dreaming)
Scene No.8 | Am Kamin (At the Fireside)
Scene No.9 | Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobbyhorse)
Scene No.10 | Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious)
Scene No.11 | Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
Scene No.12 | Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
Scene No.13 | Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)

Drei Klavierstücke D946

Selected Preludes
Book 1
Book 2

18 pieces op.72
"Pictures at an Exhibition"
Old Castle
Children's quarrel
Dance of chickens
Two Jews
The market at Limoges
With dead on dead language
Baba Yaga
Kiev's Gates
Sonata 7 op.83
Movement I
Movement II
Movement III
6 pieces from Cinderella op.102
I - Cinderella and Prince
II - Cinderella's variation
III - Quarrel
IV - Ball
V - Pas de Chale
VI - Amoroso

Etude 1, op.39
Etude 7 op.39;
Corelli Variations op.42
Preludes op.32
Poem 1 op.32
Poem 2 op.32
Valse op.38;
Prelude 1 op.11 

Prelude 2 op.11 

Prelude 3 op.11 

Prelude 4 op.11 

Prelude 5 op.11 

Prelude 6 op.11 

Prelude 7 op.11 

Prelude 8 op.11 

Prelude 9 op.11 

Prelude 10 op.11 

Prelude 11 op.11 

Prelude 12 op.11 

Desyatnikov, Selected Preludes from “Songs of Bukhovina”
F Minor, BVW 1056

1 E Minor, op.11 

2 B-flat Major, op.19 

4 G Major, op.58
A Minor
15 B-flat Major k450,
19 F Major k459

1 B-flat Major, op.23

1 F# Major, op.1 

1 D-flat Major, op.10

Nikita's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£550
Up to 3 hours£800
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 50 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Background music + recital
2 hours of background music will be followed by a 40-minute classical music recital. Additional players and combination with any other instruments are possible for an additional fee


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am always on time, polite and respectful

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

From private parties to Wigmore Hall in London

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Keith Jarrett

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Solo recital at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Just keep me updated as soon as any changes occur. Things have tendency to change, so I keep this in mind and try to stay flexible :-)

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

No, but I can find a person who can provide such service for you

How much time do you need to set up?

If the piano is ready and there is a stool with an adjustable height, I need literally 1 minute.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

This is exactly what I do!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Of course. I am also happy to give my recommendations to provide the best atmosphere for you and your guests

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, however, digital keyboards don't have the same quality of sound and they don't look as good. I can also help you with arranging a baby grand piano to be hired and delivered to your venue.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song/piece isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. The fee varies (£30-100) depending on the difficulty and length of the song/piece
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