Nikita is Principal Double Bass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has held the position since 2010. Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Nikita attended the Karaganda Special Music School in Kazakhstan at the age of 7 and later went on to study at the Rimskiy-Korsakov Conservatoire in St Petersburg and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Nikita regularly appears as a soloist and has won numerous prizes. 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 St Petersburg Camerata at the Musical Olympus Festival, a recital at The Cumnock Tryst including Vask’s Bass Trip, Bottesini’s Concerto alla Mendelssohn and Gran Duo Concertante with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bottesini's Lucia di Lammermoor with the Karaganda Symphony Orchestra, and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise with Lars Vogt at Heimbach "Spannungen" Kammermusik Festival.

In March 2020 Nikita supposed to do UK premier of a new concerto by Eötvös, co-commissioned by the Karajan-Akademie Berlin, Tongyeong Festival, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In addition, Nikita is a keen chamber musician. He is a member of the internationally recognised chamber group, the London Concord Ensemble and has 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, besides appearing in festivals around the world.

Nikita is kindly supported by Pirastro strings!


Nikita Naumov

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