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Nikita Vaganov

Mariinsky Orchestra

"I love Reserve Classic Reeds because they always have a beautiful tone and very good articulation! All 10 reeds from each package are quite the same and it is really easy to change reeds between each other. Also, they have very clear sound without any noise."



ABOUT Nikita Vaganov

Nikita Vaganov was born in Moscow in 1988. He began to study the clarinet at the age of seven at the Rostropovich Children's School of Music (classes of Vladimir Tupikin and Andrei Andreyev). He continued his professional education at the Gnessins' State Music College under Vladimir Ferapontov, a Bolshoi Theatre soloist and Honoured Artist of Russia, and later at the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany) under Professor Reiner Wehle.

In 2010-2011 he continued his studies at the Real Conservatorio in Madrid under Adolfo Garcés. In 2014 he finished master’s degree at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. He has taken part in masterclasses given by such maestri as Sabine Meyer, Eduard Brunner, Vicente Alberola and Sergio Bosi.

Nikita has been a prize-winner at several competitions including taking first at the All-Russian Clarinetists’ Competition, Possehl Young Performers' Competition, and the Lion's Club Young Woodwind Performers' Competition. Since 2013, he has been a soloist of the clarinet section of the Mariinsky Orchestra directed by Valery Gergiev.

Nikita has collaborated with various youth orchestras and festivals including the IRO International Youth Orchestra, the Baltic Youth Orchestra directed by Kristjan Järvi, and the Oberstdorfer Musiksommer festival. He is a member of a Russian-German Academy since 2014 and performed as a chamber musician in the Beethoven Festival in Bonn (2016). Since 2017, he’s been a guest solo clarinet player in Les Dissonances Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vaganov also regularly gives masterclasses. He was a teacher in Mahler Summer Academy in Italy in 2018 and from 2019-2020, served as a guest clarinet teacher in Alberola MMCV Music Master Courses in Valencia.