Nickolai Sheikov

Nickolai Sheikov

Harpsichord

Through his artistic achievements, Boston based harpsichordist Nickolai Sheikov has been named as a “noteworthy” and “an excellent harpsichordist” (The Boston Intelligencer). Upon the release of his debut CD with harpsichord sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti in 2015, Mr. Sheikov has received numerous praises: “one of the finest harpsichordists of the younger generation” (Musica Omnia), “auspicious beginning of Sheikov’s recording career” (allmusic.com), among others. Nickolai Sheikov studied piano since the age of nine in his native country of Bulgaria. In 2000, after moving to Boston, Mr. Sheikov continued his studies of music at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, receiving Bachelor and Master degrees in Harpsichord Performance. His prime teacher and mentor was harpsichordist John Gibbons. In addition, Mr. Sheikov had participated in a number of harpsichord master classes, both in Europe and USA, with Gustav Leonhard, Menno van Delft, Peter Watchorn and Jaap Schröder (chamber music). While the main focus of Mr. Sheikov is performing and recording harpsichord repertoire from the 17th and early 18th centuries, he also explores works of the 20th century as well as works by current composers. A passionate promoter of early music, Mr. Sheikov is the founder of the Early Music program and an artistic director of the Early Music Evenings concert series at the Community Music Center of Boston, where he currently serves as music faculty.