Date: 12:00pm EDT October 3
Nikita Borisevich, Violin
Violinist Nikita Borisevich swept onto the Russian stage as one of today’s most promising young virtuosos. He was born into a musical family and was five years old when he began studying the violin. His first teacher was his father, who was trained by students of the renowned Russian teachers Stolyarsky and Gutnikov. His fate was decided at age twelve, when he made his debut with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra, playing a Haydn Violin Concerto. At fifteen, he won a Russian National Competition for Violinists and Cellists called “The Magical Bow” in Perm, Russia, as well as the Perm Youth Music Festival, as a result of which he performed Bruch and Vieuxtemps Violin concertos with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra. Later, Nikita enrolled in the Moscow Conservatory on full scholarship to study with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman.
During his years at the Moscow Conservatory, Nikita toured and performed in the Ukraine, Latvia, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Last season, Nikita performed with the Ural Republic Symphony Orchestra playing works by Paganini, Ravel and Waxman. Nikita also broadened his musical horizons by attending the Russische Musikakdemie Dortmund (2005), as well as the Heifetz Music Academy (2010, 2012). He performed in such concert halls as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain), and W.M.P. Concert Hall “Strad for Lunch” music series (New York City). This season, Nikita performed “Tzigane” by Ravel with the Volgograd Academic Orchestra. Also, he won second prize in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition (Baltimore, February 2012).
An avid chamber musician, Nikita has performed chamber quintets by Frank, Dvorak and Shostakovich in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2010, he won a diploma and special prize at the Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius (Lithuania). He participated in Chamber Music Festival in Togliatti (Russia, 2009, 2011). Also in 2011, Nikita won the Grand Prix in the International Chamber Music Competition (trio division) in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year, he made debut at the Moscow Philharmonic Society (chamber music series). This March, Nikita won second prize and the audience award in the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition in Easton, Maryland.
Nikita is now pursuing further graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Victor Danchenko. He would like to thank the Estate of Dorothy Scott Bendann Leitch for establishing the Lindred Scott Bendann Endowed Scholarship in Violin at Peabody.