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Nikita Fitenko

Internationally acclaimed pianist and Yamaha
Nikita Fitenko has performed recitals and with orchestras
in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, and South and North America.
He has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as St. Petersburg
Capella Symphony, Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Russian Philharmonic
Orchestra of Moscow, St. Petersburg State Conservatory Orchestra,
State Hermitage Orchestra, Slovak National Philharmonic, Corvallis
Symphony Orchestra, Lewisville Symphony, Rapides Symphony, Northeast
Texas Symphony, and Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. His future engagements
this year besides the concerts in the US will bring him to Italy,
England, Spain, China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia.

While performing a wide and diverse repertoire, Nikita Fitenko is an acknowledged
master of Russian piano music. His CDs for Altarus Records of complete
piano works by leading contemporary Russian composers Georgy Sviridov
and Sergei Slonimsky have garnered rave reviews from the international
music press. Fanfare Music Review wrote, "Fitenko plays magnificently!"
Slonimsky himself described Fitenko's interpretation of his piano
music as "outstanding." He also added, "It is very
vivid, imaginative, virtuosic, fascinating, and pianistically brilliant."
Mr. Fitenko's recording of Scriabin's Piano Concerto with the Russian
Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow was released internationally on
Classical Records label. His latest recording of works by Bach,
Beethoven, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninov for Classical Records will
be released this fall.

In addition to solo recitals, Nikita Fitenko performs extensively in
piano duo with Katerina Zaitseva. Hailed by critics for their "superlative
sound, superlative interpretation, and superlative pianismů",
the duo has performed worldwide with most recent appearances at
the Moscow State Conservatory Hall (Russia), Madeira Music Festival
(Portugal), Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (Washington, D.C.),
Yamaha Hall (NYC), Piano Duo Series (Tokyo, Japan), Nancyphonies
Music Festival (France), University of Florida Young Pianists Festival,
and Berkeley University (California, USA). Their critically acclaimed
CD featuring works for piano four hands by Robert Schumann and Johannes
Brahms has been released internationally by the Classical Records
label and is available through Amazon.

Native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Nikita Fitenko graduated from the St.
Petersburg State Conservatory with a citation for excellence given
to only five other graduates in the last fifty years. After receiving
the Anton Rubinstein Memorial Award he came to study to the US pursuing
his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas.
His principal teachers included Roman Lebedev, Igor Lebedev, and
Joseph Banowetz.

Dr. Fitenko has been invited to serve on many international piano
competition juries, including 2011 Chopin International Piano Competition
(Hartford, CT), 2010 Scriabin International Piano Competition (Grosetto,
Italy), 2009 American Pianists Association's Classical Fellowship
Awards (Indianapolis, IN), 2008 Rachmaninov International Piano
Competition (Moscow, Russia), 2008 Nordic International Piano Competition
(Malmo, Sweden), and 2003 World International Piano Competition
(Cincinnati, OH) among others. He has presented master classes at
the Verdi Conservatory of Music (Turin, Italy), Hochschule fur Musik
(Saarbruken, Germany), Estonian Academy of Music (Tallinn, Estonia),
Korean National, Yeonsei, Hanyang, Sejong and ChungAng Universities
(South Korea), Sichuan Conservatory, Jinan University, Xinghai Conservatory,
and University of Hangzhou (China), as well as at the 2010 Convention
of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association, 2009 Chinese-American
International Piano Institute (Chengdu, China), and 2009 University
of Florida Young Pianists Festival (Gainesville, FL). Among his
students are winners of national and international competitions
including National MTNA Competition.

Currently, Dr. Fitenko holds a position of Associate Professor of Piano at
the Catholic University
of America
in Washington, D.C. and co-directs the Washington
International Piano Festival
(the fourth festival will take
place on CUA's campus in Washington, DC, July 29-August 4, 2012).
Prior to that he was Associate Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard
Area at Northwestern
State University of Louisiana
. Mr. Fitenko is the founder and
artistic director of the Louisiana
International Piano Competition
as well as one of the founders
of the Florida International Piano Competition (formerly Orlando
International Piano Competition). Until 2008 he was also the artistic
director of the Louisiana Piano Series International.