Nikita Stepanenko

Major: Classical Piano
Manhattan School of Music



Born in year 1995, in Prague, Czech Republic to Russian immigrants, Nikita Stepanenko is currently a classical piano junior year undergraduate student in the Manhattan School of Music. He is in the studio of Mr. Alexandre Moutouzkine, a renowned Russian piano virtuoso and a winner of countless piano competitions. Nikita Stepanenko has been performing with orchestras such as the Prague Philharmonia, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Hradec Králové or the Asian Cultural Symphonic Orchestra. Nikita Stepanenko has won prizes in piano competitions in Italy, Czech Republic or the USA. Nikita Stepanenko has played in masterclasses of world-renowned pianists such as Ivan Klánský, Kirill Gerstein, Saleem Ashkar or Mikhail Voskresensky. Nikita's previous education includes the Prague Secondary School of Music (2010-2014), where he was in the studio of Hana Dvořáková and the Prague Conservatory (2014-2016) where he was a student of Adam Skoumal and where has received an Associate degree of Music.


What does this scholarship mean to you?

Well, to put it shortly, this incredibly generous financial gift means a tremendous aid in my constant struggle to pay for my college tuition. It means, that this additional help brings a light of hope to one piano major undergraduate international student from the Czech Republic with Russian ancestry, whose goal is to bring joy, shivers, emotions, tears, and happiness to the world via music. My life goal is to perform in every corner of this world and share thousands of underrated pieces with all kinds of audiences regardless of age, gender or race. Apart from my main source of financial support, which is my family, I would not be able to study in one of the most prestigious US colleges which is located in the most important city of classical music in the world without scholarships. In the Manhattan School of Music I keep learning and grasping a lot of knowledge from renowned musicians every day and this educational process is essential in my personal musical growth. I am endlessly grateful for becoming a Boro scholarship recipient!


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