Gordan Nikolitch

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Gordan Nikolitch, also spelled Gordan Nikolić, (Serbian: Гордан Николић; born 1968) is a Serbian violinist.[1] He is the concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Gordan Nikolitch began playing the violin when he was seven. He studied at the music conservatory in Basel, Switzerland, with Jean-Jacques Kantorow. He also worked with the composers Witold Lutosławski György Kurtág and Zoran Erić, cultivating an interest in contemporary music. He became interested in Baroque music.

As a violinist, he participated and was awarded in many competitional occasions, The Tibor Varga competition, Paganini competition at Genoa, Italy, Brescia and Hummel competition in Zagreb. In 1989, he became artistic director of Orchestre d'Auvergne.

Nikolitch has been the leader of the Orchestre d’Auvergne and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, where he became concertmaster in 1996. He is now leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, professor at the Royal College of Music in London and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as artistic director of Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Serbian chamber orchestra St. George Strings from Belgrade, and the Spanish BandArt Orchestra. He has made many recordings, especially of violin music which is not well known. He often plays chamber music, in the Razumovsky Ensemble.

Since 2001, he has been Prince Consort Professor at the Royal College of Music, and also teaches at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. In 2004 he was named artistic director of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

He performs with well-known orchestras and musicians, such as André Previn, Bernard Haitink, Maria João Pires, Mikhail Pletnyov or Emanuel Ax.

He plays a violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri, and has also played Lorenzo Storioni's violin from 1794.



  1. ^ Gordan Nikolić short biography on www.pentatonemusic.com

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