Nikita Sokolov

Nikita S.

Los Angeles, CA

About Nikita S.

Background check: Last verified 01/18/2017
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Nikita teaches: Ages 18 and up
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Teaching since: June 2009
Last sign in: 2 days ago


I am a professional pianist and a composer. I began to study piano performance and music theory at the Moscow Conservatory School at the age of 5. I have performed in Russia, US, and Europe; competed throughout my teens and young adulthood.
When I turned 20 and began teaching my first students, and realized that teaching is very rewarding, and most importantly, that I have a lot of knowledge to offer.
I am very enthusiastic about the accomplishments of all my students.
Throughout my life I was blessed to have highly professional and dedicated teachers. So I expect nothing less from my own teaching.

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Piano Teacher
Jul 2009 - Present

Teaching piano performance and music theory to kids and adults.

Piano Teacher
Jan 2010 - Sep 2014
Gray School of Music

Teaching piano performance and music theory to kids and adults.


Piano Performance
Jan 2006 - Jul 2011
Studied with Dr. Wojciech Kocyan
Piano Performance
Aug 2001 - Jun 2006
Crossroads School
Piano Performance
Sep 1994 - Jun 2001
Moscow Conservatory

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Franz Liszt Piano Competition
Nov 2008
Liszt Competition
LA Doctors Symphony Concerto Competition
Oct 2007
LA Doctors Symphony
The Spotlight Awards
Feb 2006
Los Angeles Music Center
Pacific Palisades Piano Competition
Apr 2005
Pacific Palisades Symphony
MTAC Solo Piano Competition
Mar 2005
Music Teachers Association of California
YMF Scholarship
Sep 2004
Young Musicians Foundation
MTAC Concerto Competition
Mar 2004
Music Teachers Association of California

20 Reviews on Nikita S.

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Dharini Mar 10, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
My 6 year old daughter started taking lessons with Nikita in July. By now she can read music, recognize some chords by ear and practice on her own. I'm lucky to have found an excellent teacher!
Ellen Mar 10, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Nikita has been teaching my 12 year old son Cato for over 6 months now, and we are very happy with the results. He is very methodical, articulate and patient. Great attention to detail and discipline in practice. I would definitely recommend Nikita to anyone seeking a great piano teacher.
Tansi U. Dec 11, 2015
Verified Student · Classical Piano · In home
I called the teacher multiple times and even contacted staff to contact him. I have tried multiple times to contact this teacher over a period of two weeks. Do not select this teacher he is completely unreliable.
Christina Nov 5, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
I took piano lessons with Nikita for 6 months. I began as a complete novice unable to read music. After working with him for an hour every week, I was able to read music and practice independently. Nikita was kind and encouraging, while still always challenging me to do more than I thought I could! Nikita is a talented musician and instructor. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a piano teacher.
Bob Picone Oct 23, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
I was looking for an introduction to piano and Nikita provided a great road map, lesson plan, and solid instruction to make it happen. He has a very patient and custom approach to teaching which I appreciated greatly. He also has a passion and excitement for the instrument and for the music which made me want to learn it and get better at it even more.
Sarina S. Sep 16, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Very nice!!!
Tulika Aug 1, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
Nikita S. is, without a doubt, the finest piano teacher I've ever had. Rigorous attention to detail, patient, and attentive, I feel I've learned more about classical music as a whole. Thank you, Nikita, for a truly incredible, eye-opening learning experience.
Alisa K. Jul 10, 2015
Verified Student · Classical Piano · In home
I have really enjoyed my lessons with Nikita.

He has helped me find the value in timing and in devoting myself to practice, as well as helping me with my technique and posture.

Nikita is personable, responsible, and genuinely interested in my learning and progression as a student.

I have only positive things to say about my experience thus far with Nikita, and I would recommend him enthusiastically to other students.
John Jul 7, 2015
· Piano · In studio
My daughter Jennifer had Nikita an accompanist for about 2 years. During that time Mr. Sokolov demonstrated remarkable skills in playing a great variety of songs from film to opera. He played composers such as Mozart, Puccini, and Bach, etc. He was always prompt and never rushed through a session.
He would often play Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and other great composers for us at the end of his work with my daughter. If you are fortunate to work with him, consider yourself lucky.
Sincerely, John Lockhart.
Roula Jun 26, 2015
· Classical Piano · In home
My son learned so much from Nikita and he is so happy to have him as a teacher. Nikita is an amazing pianist with a lot of skill. He has taught my son for the past five years and has taught him not only how to play the piano, but also music history and theory. He's an amazing teacher and his lessons are well worth the cost.
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