Irina Nikitina

IRINA NIKITINA was born in St.-Petersburg, Russia. Graduated from St.Petersburg Conservatory as a pianist, continued her musical education in Prague and Bern.

In 1983-1995 Irina Nikitina developed a solid international career as a pianist, performed  in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, USA, Korea and other countries, had recorded 13 CDs issued on such labels as Melodiya, Denon, Sony, TOSHIBA/EMI, King Rec. and others. She is a prize winner of international music competitions in Geneva, Paris (Grand Prix) and Osaka,.
Since 1991 Irina has been active as a producer and organized a range of international music projects in Russia, Switzerland, Japan. 

From  1995 Irina Nikitina is  the President of the Musical Olympus Foundation established upon her initiative in St.-Petersburg in the same year. The foundation is engaged in developing and implementing international cultural projects. In 1997 the Musical Olympus Foundation was granted the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation in recognition of the foundation’s activities and of its role in the cultural life of the country.

 In 2008, Irina Nikitina was appointed the President of the Russian Federation’s Association of Performing Artists

In 2001 Irina Nikitina was rewarded with “Olympia“, the first National Award of Public Recognition for women in Russia. In 2006 she was included in the list of top 50 most beautiful and famous people of St. Petersburg. In 2009, Irina Nikitina was named an honorary member of the “St. Andrew the First Called Foundation” and was awarded a medal for “Faith and Faithfullness“ by the foundation.

 In January 2013 Irina Nikitina got the Silver Archer USA Award for the Musical Olympus Foundation’s projectaimed to establish intercultural dialogue by means of music, strengthen the partnership culture at a global level, support young gifted artists all around the world and create conditions for their professional representation.

 Irina Nikitina has participated in the Davos WEF in 1989 -1995; in 1998-2001 she was a member of the advisory board of the annual International CREANDO Symposium in Switzerland; in 2002 she participated as a speaker at the «Tatten statt Worte» (Acting Instead of Talking) Conference in Switzerland making a speech on the theme «Creative and Destructive Forces in Business, Politics and Culture»; .in 2002-206 she took part in World Young Leaders Forums held by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt in Moscow, Munich and on Hawaii.

Irina Nikitina is a participant of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” since 2003. In 2012 she has initiated and moderated the panel “Music  as the Universal Language”  at the annual session of the WPF at Rhodes.

Irina Nikitina is a member of the Board of the Geza Anda International Piano Competition (Switzerland), the President of the Musical Olympus Foundation of New York (USA), Vice-president of the Associations of Friends of the Musical Olympus (Zurich, Switzeland), Vice-president of the Foundation Saint Petersburg (Switzerland), founded for the support of the Special Lyceum at the St.Petersburg Conservatoire, a member of the Board of Civilizations Matter (Berlin) and  member of honorary committee of the German-Russian Young Leaders Forum “The New Generation”.

From 2015, Irina Nikitina heads the Board of Trustees for the International Television Contest of Young Musicians "Nutcracker".

Since 2016, the TV channel "Russia-Enigma" has been broadcasting Irina Nikitina's author's program "Enigma", presenting the author's conversations with legendary musicians such as Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Andras Schiff, Rolando Villazon, Christa Ludwig, Gia Kancheli, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Hope, Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo and many others. Program releases can be viewed on YouTube