Nikita Sokolov

Nikita S.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details

Classical Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching piano performance for 6 years to eager students of all experience levels.
Over time my students develop a solid technical foundation, as well as a deep understanding of music interpretation and phrasing.
Within the first few lessons I will provide you with the basic tools necessary to read music and rhythm.
My immediate goal is to provide my students with the structure and strategy necessary to properly learn any piece of music in any genre, with as little help from me as possible.
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Nikita teaches



Nikita delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2009

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.


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


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

Photos & Videos

Photo by Nikita S.

My 2014 student recital. Guest performance by Richard Grayson.
Los Angeles, CA.

Student recital 2014 with Richard Grayson.
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20 Reviews

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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.

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Tansi U. Dec 11, 2015
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.

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Bob Picone Oct 23, 2015
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.

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Sarina S. Sep 16, 2015
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.

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Alisa K. Jul 10, 2015
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.

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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.

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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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Laurie K. Jun 22, 2015
Piano · In home

My 5 year old daughter studied with Nikita for almost a year. During this time she learned how to read music, rhythm,and understand the basics of music theory. At the end of the school year she was ready to play her first piano recital. During our time together with Nikita, he was always very patient and encouraging. The lessons were fun and my daughter always looked forward to her piano lessons. I would recommend Nikita as a professional to both adults and children.

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Monica C. Jun 15, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

My 10-yr-old son took piano lessons from Nikita in Los Angeles for about 1 year. We found Nikita to be an excellent teacher, particularly in technique. Nikita was very knowledgeable, professional, and personable. Highly recommended.

Aisha Q. Jun 15, 2015
Piano · In home

My daughter took lessons with Nikita for two years and had a wonderful experience. Nikita is very approachable and patient with children while still providing excellent training. He is professional, flexible with scheduling and provides wonderful recital opportunities for his students children and adults alike. My daughter performs in musicals and with a local children's choir and has found that the music theory lessons that Nikita gave her has helped her have a leg up as she is required to sometimes sight read choral pieces for auditions and performances. Nikita shares his love of music and composition with his students and I highly recommend him as an instructor.

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Jennifer S. Jun 8, 2015
Piano · In home

I took lessons for approximately a year & benefited greatly through his discipline, scales & performance experience.

Wojciech K. May 17, 2015

Anybody studying with Nikita Sokolov will benefit from his early training in Moscow where he learned the foundations of the famous Russian piano school and from his musical education in the U.S.A. in the later years. He was, for several years while living in Los Angeles, a private student of mine, very talented and quite advanced already. Now he has several years of experience teaching students of all ages -from beginners to adults- and I recommend him highly!
Dr. Wojciech Kocyan
Clinical Professor of Piano
Loyola-Marymount University, Los Angeles

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Rachel A. May 15, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

I had lessons with Nikita for four years during high school. He is a great teacher who isn't afraid to push a student when he sees potential in them. He is very hard working and encouraging and he greatly improved my piano skills. He kept classes interesting and I really appreciate that he gave freedom when it came to what pieces I learned. I would definitely choose Nikita as a teacher again!

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Arthur A. May 14, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

I am a self-taught guitarist, but I always loved classical music and wanted to learn how to play piano properly. My friend recommended me Nikita in 2010. Within the first year of our lessons I learned how to read music, learned a few simple pieces, and was getting ready for my first piano recital.
Despite my shortcomings, I accomplished much more than originally expected. Nikita was very patient and encouraging throughout. I studied with him for almost 3 years, and I definitely recommend Nikita to anyone who wants to learn piano in any genre.

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Michael B. May 12, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

I took lessons with Nikita for about 9 months in 2013-14 while living in Los Angeles. With his guidance I could hear my performing ability reach new levels. I never thought I'd be able perform Bach, Beethoven or DeBussy. Yet with his teaching, oh yes!

Above all, his patience and encouragement made me feel well supported. For anyone who is looking to learn and perform classical piano, I definitely vouch for Nikita.

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Don R. May 12, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

I am an older piano beginner and was concerned about whether I could ever play piano music at my age. Nikita Sokolov, my teacher for approximately 1-1/2 years, guided me through some of the more difficult aspects that the beginner faces when learning the piano -- proper timing; understanding key signatures; using the pedal effectively; playing both hands together when the notes didn't coincide. Nikita is a patient instructor who stressed learning the fundamentals that are critical to playing the piano well and enjoying it! I would strongly recommend Nikita as a piano instructor -- both for the beginner, young and old, as well as those who have been playing for a few years and want to refine and perfect piano fundamentals.

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Sunny L. May 9, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

We live in Manhattan Beach, California. My twins loved Nikita as a piano teacher not only because of his great teaching, but also because of his warm personality. Nikita is very well rehearsed in both musical technique and theory, and is very articulate in his style. I highly recommend him.

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