Nikita Khnykin

All prize winners
EMCY Prize
Nationality: Norwegian
Instrument: Piano
Date of birth 2003/01/17

Nikita Khnykin was born in 2003 in Norway and started playing the piano at the age of nine. He is currently enrolled in the “Young Talents”-program at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, where his teacher is Christian Ihle Hadland. Nikita is also a member of the talent program at Prof. Jiri Hlinkas Piano Academy, a mentoring program where participants receive regular tuition from leading musicians, such as Leif Ove Andsnes and Henning Kraggerud, as well as masterclasses with visiting world-class pianists, such as Bertrand Chamayou and Richard Goode. 

Nikita has won a number of competitions, both national and international, including top-prizes in the Ungdommens Musikkmesterskap, where he was also honored with the EMCY Prize and the Audience Prize, the Steinway Piano Competition and the Young Musician International Competition in Tallinn, Estonia. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at concerts and festivals in Norway and abroad, for instance at “De Unges Konsert” in April 2019, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was awarded the Audience Prize and a scholarship from Kavlifondet. Recently, he played Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto with Asker Symphony Orchestra, and future engagements include performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with singers from Cæciliaforeningen and musicians from the Oslo Philharmonic. He is also a finalist in the Norwegian Soloists Competition “Virtuos” and will perform in the finals with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK). Previously he has performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with KORK, as well as other orchestras, such as Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Nikita is a passionate chamber musician and has played in various ensembles. He has, together with the clarinet trio “DaNiBi”, been part of the Norwegian mentoring program “Crescendo”. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Kavli Prize Award Ceremony, Bergen International Festival, Oslo Kammermusikkfestival, and numerous other high-profile occasions. Nikita has been awarded a handful of scholarships from The Kavli Trust (Kavlifondet), Ånun Lund Rejs Minnefond and Drømmestipendet.


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J.S.Bach, Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825
J.S.Bach, Prelude and Fugue in D-flat major, WTC I, BWV 848
J.S.Bach, Prelude and Fugue in d minor, WTC II, BWV 875
J.S.Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G major, WTC II, BWV 884
B. Bartok, Piano Sonata, Sz. 80
B. Bartok, Etude, op. 18 no. 1
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 3 in C major, op. 2 no. 3
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 4 in E-flat major, op. 7
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 5 in c minor, op. 10 no. 1
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 18 in E-flat major, op. 31 no. 3
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 27 in e minor, op. 90
L. van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 30 in E major, op. 109
A. Bibalo, Four Balkan Dances for Piano
J. Brahms, 7 Fantasies, op. 116
J. Brahms, Intermezzo in A major, op. 118 no. 2
F. Chopin, Nocturne in D-flat major, op. 27 no. 2
F. Chopin, Nocturne in c-sharp minor, op. posth.
F. Chopin, Scherzo in c-sharp minor, op. 39 no. 3
F. Chopin, Polonaise in c-sharp minor, op. 26 no. 1
F. Chopin, Fantaisie-Impromptu, op. 66
F. Chopin, Selections from Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25
F. Couperin, Les Barricades Mysteriuses
A. Ginastera, Danzas Argentinas, op. 2
G.Rossini/G. Ginzburg, Fantasy on Figaro’s Cavatina: Largo al factotum
E. Grieg, Selections from Lyriske stykker
E. Grieg, Selections from Hjertets melodier, op. 5
E. Grieg, Fra Karnevalet, op. 19 no. 3
E. Grieg, Stemninger, op. 73
J. Haydn, Piano Sonata in D major, Hob. XVI:37
J. Haydn, Piano Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50
L. Liebermann, Gargoyles, op. 29
F. Liszt, From Three Concert Etudes, S.144: No. 2, La leggierezza
F. Liszt, Transcendental Etude no. 8, Wilde Jagd
F. Liszt, From Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S. 141: No.3, La campanella
F. Liszt, Mephisto Waltz no. 1, S. 514
G. Verdi/F. Liszt, Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S. 434
W. A. Mozart, Piano Sonata no. 4 in E-flat major, K. 282
W. A. Mozart, Piano Sonata no. 10 in C major, K. 330
S. Prokofiev, Piano Sonata no. 3 in A minor, op. 28
S. Prokofiev, Piano Sonata no. 6 in a minor, op. 82
S. Prokofiev, Selections from Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, op. 75
S. Rachmaninov, From Preludes, op. 32: Nos. 5 and 10
S. Rachmaninov, From Moment Musiciaux, op. 16: Nos. 3 and 4
S. Rachmaninov, Etude-Tableaux, op. 33 no. 7
S. Rachmaninov, Etude- Tableaux, op. 39 no. 6
D. Scarlatti, Keyboard Sonata in E major, K. 135
D. Scarlatti, Keyboard Sonata in A major, K. 208
F. Schubert, Piano Sonata no. 14 in a minor, D. 784
R. Schumann, Carnaval, op. 9
R. Schumann, Selections from Kinderszenen, op. 15
A. Scriabin, From Etudes, op. 8: No. 5 in E major.
A. Scriabin, Selections from Preludes, op. 11
A. Scriabin, Poeme, op. 32 no. 1
A. Scriabin, Piano Sonata no. 4 in F-sharp major, op. 30
J. Sibelius, Granen, op. 75 no. 5
P. Tchaikovsky, Selections from The Seasons, op. 37a
P. Tchaikovsky/ M. Pletnev, The Nutcracker Suite, op. 71a

With Piano

E. Grieg, 4 Norwegian Dances, op. 35
F. Schubert, Fantasy in f minor, D. 940

Chamber Music

L. van Beethoven, Violin Sonata no.1 in D major, op. 12 no. 1
L. van Beethoven, Violin Sonata no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 12 no. 3
L. van Beethoven, Piano Trio in E-flat major, op. 1 no. 1
L. van Beethoven, Clarinet Trio in B-flat major, op. 11
J. Brahms, Violin Sonata no. 1 in G major, op. 78
J. Brahms, Clarinet Sonata no. 2 in E-flat major, op. 120
J. Brahms, Piano Trio no.1 in B major, op.8
J. Brahms, Horn Trio in E-flat major, op. 40
J. Brahms, Piano Quartet no. 1 in g minor, op. 25
J. Brahms, Clarinet Trio in a minor, op. 114
N. Burgmuller, Duo for Piano and Clarinet, op. 15
C. Franck, Violin Sonata in A major
M. Glinka, Trio pathetique in d minor
E. Grieg, Violin Sonata no. 1 in F major, op. 8
G. Ligeti, Horn Trio
W. A. Mozart, Piano Trio in G major, K. 564
W. A. Mozart, Piano Quartet in g minor, K. 478
F. Poulenc, Clarinet Sonata, FP 184
F. Poulenc, Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano, FP 43
F. Poulenc, Sextet for Piano and Winds, FP 100
F. Schubert, Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774
F. Schubert, Im Frühling, D. 882
Die Männer sind mechant, D. 866 no. 3
R. Schumann, Fantasiestücke, op. 73
J. Sibelius, From 5 songs, op.37: Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte
C.M. von Weber, Grand Duo Concertant in E-flat major, op. 48

With Orchestra

J.S.Bach, Keyboard Concerto no. 1 in d minor, BWV 1052
L. van Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 3 in c minor, op. 37
F.Chopin, Piano Concerto no. 1 in e minor, op. 11
E. Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16
F. Liszt, Piano Concerto no. 1 in E-flat major, S. 124
W.A.Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 12 in A major, K. 414
W.A.Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 21 in C major, K.467
S. Prokofiev, Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major, op. 26
S. Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto no. 1 in f-sharp minor, op. 1
P. Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23


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