Guest Performer: Nikita Fitenko
Internationally acclaimed pianist and Yamaha Artist Nikita Fitenko has performed solo recitals and with orchestras in the former Soviet Union, and throughout Europe, Asia, and South and North America. He has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as St. Petersburg Capella Symphony,Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow, St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra, Slovak National Philharmonic, Lewisville Symphony, Rapides Symphony, Northeast Texas Symphony, and Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concerts in the United States, future engagements this year will take him to Sweden, Germany, China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia.

While performing a wide and diverse repertoire, Nikita Fitenko is an acknowledged master of Russian piano music. He has recorded three CDs of works by leading contemporary Russian composers for Altarus Records. His initial recording of solo piano works by Georgy Sviridov (1997), and his two-CD set of music by Sergei Slonimsky (2000), have garnered rave reviews from the international music press.

Fanfare Music Review wrote, "Fitenko plays magnificently!" Slonimsky himself described Fitenko's interpretation of his piano music as "outstanding, vivid, imaginative, virtuosic, fascinating, and pianistically brilliant." Dr. Fitenko's latest recording, Scriabin's Piano Concerto with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow, was released on the Classical Records label in December 2007.

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Nikita Fitenko graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with a citation for excellence awarded to only five other graduates in the last 50 years. After receiving the Anton Rubinstein Memorial Award he came to the United States to study, pursuing his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas. Fitenko's principal teachers included Roman Lebedev, Igor Lebedev, and Joseph Banowetz.

Nikita Fitenko is the winner of several competitions including the Belarusian International Piano Competition (Minsk, Belarus), the Beethoven Piano Competition (Memphis, TN), and the Houston Symphony National Young Artist Competition (Houston, TX) among others.

Dr. Fitenko has been invited to serve on many international piano competition juries including the 2003 World International Piano Competition in Cincinnati, OH; the 2008 Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia; the 2008 Nordic International Piano Competition in Malmo, Sweden; and the 2009 American Pianists Association's Classical Fellowship Awards in Indianapolis, IN.

Currently, Dr. Fitenko is Associate Professor of Piano at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Prior to that position, he was Associate Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard Area at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

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