Nikola Takov

Violinist

Nikola Takov, violin

Nikola Takov was born in Sofia and has been playing the violin since he was five years old as a student of Boyanka Shopova. After graduating from NMU "Lyubomir Pipkov", he began his higher education at NMA "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” in the class of Professor Dora Ivanova. In the same year he was admitted with a full scholarship to Louisiana State University in the class of Professor Kevork Mardirosyan, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts in Violin. He continued his education at Boston University College of Fine Arts in the class of Professor Yuri Mazurkevich, where he completed a Master's Degree and received an Artist’s Diploma.

During his studies he participated in master classes with world-renowned musicians, including Ifra Niemann, David Seron, Joseph Silverstein, Camilla Weeks, Sergio Luca, Charles Casselman and Elmar Oliveira, gaining invaluable experience in the performing arts. He won a number of competitions and awards in Bulgaria and the United States, performing actively as a soloist and chamber musician.

Nikola Takov was a founding member of the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra (Boston) (2003), concertmaster of the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts (2004-2009) and was a member and assistant concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic (2001-2009). Since 2010 he is a member of the prestigious Navarra Symphony Orchestra, Spain (Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra Pablo Sarasate). He is a founding member and first violinist of the string quartet "Fluencias cuarteto" and the chamber ensemble "La cuerda de oro", actively concertizing in Spain and Europe.

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