1st PRIZE CLEVELAND 2016 Competition
There comes a time when a new talent takes the stage in such an exceptional way that there’s not much to say other than simply applaud. Pianist Magazine
an excellent and thoughtful pianist. Grammophone
Mndoyants also showed, in his interpretation of Beethoven, that he could become one of Beethoven’s leading interpreters. Pianist Magazine
Winner of the prestigious 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, pianist Nikita Mndoyants, 32, impressed with his elegance, technical prowess and transparent playing. In 2007, the young Nikita had already won First Prize at the Paderewsky International Piano Competition in Poland.
Nikita Mndoyants, a child prodigy trained at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (classes of Nikolay Petrov and Alexander Mndoyants), has played under such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Hans Graf, Vassily Sinaisky, V. Giergiev and Mario Venzago. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Mulhouse, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic and many others. Named ‘Steinway Pianist / Rising Star’, he has performed on the world’s greatest stages and has been applauded on several occasions at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Salle Cortot and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Opéra de Strasbourg, the Philharmonie du Luxembourg, the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) in Brussels, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and even in Seoul.
Nikita Mndoyants is also a regular guest at the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany), the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland), the Freiburg International Piano Series (Switzerland), the Mariinsky International Piano Festival (St Petersburg), the International Piano Festival (New York), the Brevard Music Festival (USA), and since 2012, the Wissembourg International Music Festival (France). After performing with the illustrious Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has continued to cultivate his passion for chamber music alongside such fabulous ensembles as the Brentano, Ebène, Szymanowsky and Zemlinsky Quartets.
Nikita does not shy away from any musical era and enjoys playing Frescobaldi, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and the music of our time.
His chamber music partners include pianists Alexander Ghindin and Vyacheslav Gryaznov, violinists Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Andrej Bielow and Valeriy Sokolov, cellists Lev Sivkov and Evgeny Rumyantsev, and clarinettists Patrick Messina (Radio-France) and Staffan Martensson (Stockholm Opera).
A renowned composer and orchestrator, Nikita Mndoyants enjoys sharing his own compositions with his recital audiences. A former pupil of Alexander Tchaikovky, he has taken part in a number of international composition competitions, all winning First Prizes (Myaskovsky Competition 2014 in Moscow and Prokofiev Competition 2016 in Sochi). His works have been made available by the Muzyka and Jurgenson publishing houses, and have since been performed by such eminent artists as Alexander Vinnitsky, Alexander Rudin, Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Musica Viva Orchestra and others. He taught orchestration for nine years at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
Nikita recorded his first CD (a live performance in Helsinki) at the age of ten. Since then, he has recorded several CDs for Classical Records, Melodiya and Praga Digital, all to critical acclaim. A recording for the Steinway & Sons label was released in June 2017, offering a programme of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Schumann.
His Prokofiev CD, recorded for the French label Aparté, is due in February 2024.
Nikita Mndoyants has been living in France since March 2022.