New England Conservatory of Music
Nikki Naghavi, a native of Dallas, Texas, began her violin studies with Nicolette Solomon and later Emanuel Borok. She currently studies at the New England Conservatory of Music with Ayano Ninomiya.
In 2019, Nikki had the opportunity to tour Europe and the United States performing in esteemed halls such as Elbphilharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, and others as principal second violinist of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. Nikki had her solo debut in January 2018 with the Baylor Chamber Orchestra, and she soloed with the Plano Symphony in March of that year. She also won 3rd prize at the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition in 2018. Nikki was selected as concertmaster of the Texas All-State Symphony orchestra in 2017 and was also the concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.
In the summer of 2018, Nikki attended and performed several times at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has also performed on NPR's, From The Top, in June 2019, and was selected as a collegiate ambassador for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season. Currently, Nikki is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and frequently subs for the Plano Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches an active private studio of students and works as a violin teacher for Trala Inc. Nikki plays on a 1995 Alceste Bulfari Violin on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation.
To Nikki, music isn’t just about the final performance, but the journey that affects the result. She believes in the inherent value of musical education and exposure, and thus has steered her work toward a direction that is accessible for the vast majority. She is a Co-Founder of Through the Staff, an organization that provides free online music lessons to young musicians who could otherwise not afford or have access to them. She is also very active on her Instagram account, @nikkinaghaviviolin, and her website nikkinaghaviviolin.com.