"Igor Nikonovich feels deeply the spirit of Scriabin's music, he embodies
beautifully its nerve and soul, its secret meaning."
Musical Life, 1969
"There is something in his interpretations that reminds of Vladimir Sofronitsky's way
of playing; the quality of the sound, rich and deep, the way he constructs musical
phrases, the balance between his beautiful rubatos and classical strictness and austerity,
profound wisdom of his interpretations."
Yuri Olenev, annotation to the disc issued by “Melodia” in 1986 (Igor Nikonovich plays
works by Scriabin).
"Whatever he plays, his performance is always full of life, rich and deep emotions;
we always feel his beautiful taste and high intellect."
Soviet Music, 1977
Igor Nikonovich, a distinguished Russian pianist, is mostly famous for his interpretations
of Romantic composers - Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Medtner. And, above all,
He was born in 1935 in the city of Tashkent. Began his musical studies at the Musical
school under the Tashkent Conservatoire in the class of Maria Polianskaya. At the age of
14, Igor Nikonovich moved to Moscow to continue his education at the Central Music School
under Moscow Conservatoire with Ekaterina Nikolaeva. Later, he became a student of the
Moscow Conservatoire; he studied under the guidance of the famous professor Heinrich
Neuhaus. Another important and helpful influence in his life was Vladimir Sofronitsky, a
great Russian pianist; Igor Nikonovich had been his close friend during the last five
years before Sofronitsky's death. Later on, Mr. Nikonovich wrote some very interesting
memoirs about Sofronitsky; he also systemized al of Sofronitsky's recordings.
Since he was a student, Igor Niconovich was involved in the scientific research at the
Scriabin Museum where he worked for a long time.
In 1960, he began his very successful concert career. He gave concerts in Moscow and in
many other cities of the former Soviet Union; he also toured abroad extensively. Igor
Nikonovich played more than 1500 concerts. He made lots of recordings in the All-Union
Radio Fund; issued several vinyl and compact discs.
Igor Nikonovich is a Professor at the Gnessin Academy of Music. He is a member of the
Scriabin International Society; he is also a member of the board of the Scriabin Fund and
Heinrich Neuhaus Society.