Born in the Siberian city of Abakan to a family of musicians, Osip Nikiforov ’13 started studying piano with his father at an early age. While still in Russia, he participated in and won numerous awards at national and international competitions.
In 2008, Nikiforov shared 3rd Prize at the International e-Piano Junior Competition in Minnesota and was named the winner of the Dorothy McKenzie Award in New York City at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival Competition a few weeks later. He is also the 2011 First Prize winner of the Music Teacher National Association Competition in the Senior Division and the 2014 Second Prize winner in the Young Artist Division. Also in 2014, he was awarded First Prize at the Schubert Club National Piano Competition. In 2015, Osip was invited to perform at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago and became the recipient of the Adopt a Young Artist award. In 2016, he was awarded Third Prize at the San Antonio International Piano Competition and received the Best Performance Award for the commissioned piece written by composer Matthew Mason.
Since 2010, Osip has resided in the United States, where he graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. He currently attends the University of Minnesota and studies piano with Alexander Braginsky. Most recently, Osip was admitted to the Manhattan School of Music to study with Yefim Bronfman, one of the world’s foremost concertizing pianists.
He regularly visits his homeland to perform, both as a solo musician and with national orchestras, including a recent performance of Prokofiev Concerto #2. In the United States, Osip performed Beethoven Concerto #3 with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has also been profiled by Minnesota Public Radio, the Star Tribune, and the University of Minnesota. Besides performing, Osip also enjoys making his own transcriptions for piano.