A very talented and musically gifted pianist with intelligence and great technique
Yefim Bronfman

A  born “winner”
Arie Vardi

A unique soft and gentle sound
Hamamatsu Competition Official Review

Osip Nikiforov is a Russian pianist, who studied under the tutelage of the world-renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman at Manhattan School of Music, and is a Third prize winner of 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition.


Born in the city of Abakan in Siberia to a family of musicians, Osip started studying piano with his father at age 6. While still living in Russia, Osip has participated and won numerous awards in national and international competitions, such as the Gold Medal at the Delphic Games in 2006 in Astana, Kazakhstan, and Third Prize at 2008 1st International e-Piano Junior Competition in Minnesota, where at the age of fourteen he shared the prize with Jan Lisiecki. A few weeks later, he was the winner of Dorothy McKenzie Award in New York City at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival Competition.


Since 2010 Osip Nikiforov has been residing in the United States. In 2021 Osip was a recipient of two grants – the Sviatoslav Richter Outreach Grant for concerts in the Houston area and the Amici di Via Gabina Grant for the historic keyboard instrument research in Italy. In 2020 he was awarded First prize at San Antonio Young Artist Tuesday Musical Competition. Osip is regularly invited to perform at concert series as well as festivals, including the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in St. Paul, the Salon se Leve Concert Series in Minneapolis, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, the Memorial Classical Music Series in Houston, and the Mozart Festival Texas in San Antonio. In 2016 he became a recipient of the Adopt a Young Artist award, given to a young classical musician in Minnesota. He is also the Second prize winner of 2014 Music Teacher National Association Competition in Young Artist Division in Chicago.


Osip Nikiforov has graduated from Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, studying piano with Alexander Braginsky, the last student of Alexander Goldenweiser. Currently, he is a Malcolm W. Perkins Teaching Fellow in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Rice University, studying with Jon Kimura Parker. Osip regularly visits his homeland to perform solo as well as with national orchestras, including recent performances of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 and Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Khakass Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also appeared on Minnesota Public Radio, WFMT Radio, Star Tribune, GetClassical, and Classical Connect. Besides performing, Osip also enjoys making his own transcriptions for piano as well as playing solo jazz piano. In Fall 2021 Osip’s first piano solo album “Russian Elegie” was released by Orpheus Classical Label on all major digital platforms.