Who Am I ?
An Introduction to IRINA NIKITINA
1: Who am I?
I am a concert pianist originally from St. Petersburg, and an absolute lady.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am the founder and president of the Musical Olympus Foundation, and I’m doing my best to make everybody fall in love with music the way I have. I’m currently working on the foundation’s annual Musical Olympus Festival at Carnegie Hall.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am from Russia and I am going to the Universe.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
5: What book is your bible?
Richard Bach, The Ferret Chronicles.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love dogs, nature, music, the sea, and freedom. I do my best to hate nothing.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I live to benefit and help others; especially young musicians.
8: What is your favorite color?
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I do not read comic books, but I do like comic movies and consider Charley Chaplin to be the greatest comic actor and a bit of a superhero to me.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
It’s probably a tie between the Metropolitan Museum and the Metropolitan Opera.
11: What turns you on?
The unexplored. Curiosity is the key to an everlasting youth.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: Do you love yourself?
Irina Nikitina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, into a family of musicians. In 1987 she graduated as a pianist from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. She is the winner of the grand prize and first prize at the International Competition in Paris in 1987.
In September 1995, Ms. Nikitina became the president of the Musical Olympus Foundation, established through her initiative in St. Petersburg in the same year. The foundation’s activity today is highly appraised internationally and includes the annual Musical Olympus Festival (held since 1996) and a charity ball featuring the world’s most prominent artists, orchestras and performers.
In 2001, Irina Nikitina was awarded an Olympia, the first national award for women in Russia. The award was established by the Russian Academy of Business and is granted to prominent women of Russia for their outstanding success in various endeavors and significant contributions to the development and prosperity of the new Russia. In 2004, Ms. Nikitina’s biography was included in the Famous Women of Russia anthology.
In 2006, Ms. Nikitina was included in the list of the top 50 most beautiful and famous people of St. Petersburg. The same year, Irina Nikitina was named the Person of the Year by Russian musical media. Since 2008 she is the only Russian member of the Advisory board of the Civilization Matters Group, an international humanitarian organization established in Berlin. In October 2008, Ms. Nikitina was elected the President of the Performing Artists’ Union of the Russian Federation.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography courtesy of The Musical Olympus Foundation
Design by Jillian Mercado
Irina Nikitina at the Musical Olympus “Inspiration” Charitable Ball 2009, St. Petersburg Russia, Photography courtesy of The Musical Olympus Foundation