A Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Nikola began playing violin at the age of five. He received his Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Louisiana State University and his Masters of Music and Diploma in Performance from Boston University. His principle teachers include Yuri Mazurkevich, Kevork Mardrossian, and Dora Ivanova. Mr. Takov has performed extensively throughout the United States and Bulgaria in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. Nikola has won a number of competitions and has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles in Bulgaria and the United States, as well as performing in master classes including those held by Yfrah Neaman, David Cerone, Joseph Silverstein, Camilla Wicks, Sergiu Luca, Charles Cattleman and Elmar Oliveira.
Nikola is a founding member of Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, and was the concertmaster of Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (2004-2009). He was also a member of Portland Symphony Orchestra and Rhode Island Philharmonic (2001-2009). Currently Mr Takov is a member of Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.