Nikki Naghavi
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Member Since: June 15, 2020
Last Visit:August 27, 2020

Nikki Naghavi

19-year-old Nikki Naghavi was born in Dallas, Texas. She started violin lessons at the age of 4 and currently studies at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Ayano Ninomiya. To Nikki, music isn’t just about the final performance, but the journey that affects the result. She believes in the inherent value of musical education and exposure, and thus, has steered her work toward a direction that is accessible for the vast majority. Nikki is also a Co-Founder of Through the Staff, an organization that provides free online music lessons to young musicians who could otherwise not afford or have access to them.

Nikki had her orchestral debut in January of 2018 with the Baylor Chamber Orchestra after winning grand prize at the Dallas Symphonic Festival Later, she went on to solo with the Plano Symphony several times in 2018 and 2019, as grand prize winner of the Collin County Young Artists Competition. Nikki also won 3rd prize at the Lynn Harrel Competition in 2018. Apart from solo experiences, Nikki also auditioned and, through a rigorous recording process with over 6,000 other applicants, was selected as concertmaster of the Texas All-State Symphony orchestra in 2017. She was also the concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra for several years, having the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra during their June concert series. In the summer of 2019, Nikki was given the opportunity to tour Europe as principal second violinist of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, led by Sir Antonio Pappano and soloists, Joyce DiDonato and Isabel Leonard. They performed in renowned concert halls around the US and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Usher Hall, and Seigi Ozawa Hall, and at festivals such as Tanglewood Music Center, BBC Proms, and Edinburgh International Music Festival. (New York Classical Review: “…these young musicians delivered refinement with aplomb. One was struck all evening with how assured was their playing and how alert the musicians were to their own parts and also to what was happening around them;” Bachtrack: “Demanding enormous forces, Strauss’ writing demands the utmost virtuosity from every player onstage and off, and NYO-USA (with their counterparts from across the pond providing the offstage brass) gave an energetic and impressive account of the work;” The Guardian: “Pappano responded to the NYO-USA’s youthful exuberance… by urging them up to the summit in record speed, with no loss of detail or nuance.” The Arts Desk: “…they managed to bring us back from this dreamworld to the harsh realities of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony;” Opera Today: “the brilliance of their playing during the Berlioz songs was often quite extraordinary, even ravishing. In fact, the whole performance was so rich, so intense it was almost too much to bear at 11am on a Sunday morning… this was one of the best played performances of [An Alpine Symphony] I have heard. It was shockingly good. Amid all this virtuosity, this was also a performance which was not short on taste. Here is an orchestra, not massively over-compensated for in strength of numbers as some youth orchestras tend to be, which has beautiful tonal, and even, weight in the strings and a blended, golden woodwind section. This was an impressive, triumphant performance, to close a memorable Prom.”)

Nikki attended and performed several times at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2018 and has performed on the radio show, From The Top, in June of 2019. In the summer of 2017, Nikki performed in masterclasses and on stage at several concert halls in Málaga, Spain, as a part of the “Musical Summer Málaga Festival”. She is also a violinist in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and has been a guest speaker on the Strings Virtual Summit in 2019 and 2020. Nikki will also be performing virtually in the summer of 2020 as a “Rising Star” in the Basically Beethoven Festival. organized by the Fine Arts Chamber Players, and, in an additional online concert series called “Give Bach”, which presents performances of the sacred unaccompanied Bach Sonatas, Partitas, and Cello Suites to promote racial equality and COVID-19 relief.

Nikki regularly performs in unorthodox “stages” for classical musicians, such as hospitals, nursing homes, marathons, and retirement centers. She enjoys teaching at her home studio through virtual means and frequently performs in weddings, fundraisers, galas, and private parties. Nikki was also selected as a Collegiate Ambassador for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season, providing logistical support and assistance to the BSO’s Education and Community Engagement Department. In her hometown, Nikki is a member and active volunteer of the Frisco Association for the Arts, where she works with the Association to strengthen and sustain the city of Frisco with the social, economic, educational, and community impact that the arts bring. Aside from playing the violin, Nikki enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures, as well as spending time with her friends and family, and her dog, Coco. She is also very active on her Instagram account, @nikkinaghaviviolin

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