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Festivals for Compassion

August 2020

Nikita performs a specially composed solo to mark the Edinburgh International Festival’s solidarity with festivals across Europe.   

With Festivals for Compassion, festivals around Europe come together in recognition of the severe difficulties we collectively face in the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki is one of the Netherlands’ most celebrated composers. She was commissioned to create a new solo work for the festivals to present, which was premiered as part of Holland Festival on the Dutch NPO Radio 4 on 20 June. Nikita is delighted to present the work on Double Bass as part of the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival. 

The recording of his performance will be available on YouTube and the Festivals for Compassion website. After this, the work will continue its journey through Europe as the baton is passed from festival to festival.

New Release - Buxton Orr: Songs

“Ten Types of Hospital Visitor, for voice and double bass, the growling string instrument buzzing with flair as played by Nikita Naumov.”
- The Times, March 2017


“Imagine a gentler, quirkier Britten with dabblings in 12-tone technique and old Scots poems set to generous vocal lines and off-piste instrumentation (how about a duo for tenor and double bass?). It helps that these performances are so good… boisterous conviction from bassist Nikita Naumov in the caustic Ten Types of Hospital Visitor.”
- The Guardian, March 2017


“The diversity of his art songs is quite astonishing … a superb showcase.”

- The Herald, February 2017



Pärnu Music Festival Review 28/07/2015

“Supernatural, too, were the glass-harmonica sounds of Naumov in the bel canto-gone-berserk Grand Duo Concertante by the Paganini of the double-bass, Giovanni Bottesini. Having found Naumov so compelling in the SCO, this was a unique chance to hear him go solo, but Sharon Roffman’s violin contribution was also masterly…. Paavo Järvi pointed out [Naumov] is a crucial leader for a crucial underpinning group.”  David Nice, The Arts Desk.


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Nikita Praised for Haydn Solo

Nikita has been praised for his performance on the new disc of three Haydn symphonies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

“I must also single out the penultimate, seventh variation of the last movement, which has an extended solo for violone (essentially a double bass viol), these days performed on a double bass. Principal bass Nikita Naumov does a phenomenal job of performing with a Baroque-like, ‘antique’ flavour to his sound.” Presto Classical, September 2015.


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