One of the most dynamic percussionists of his generation, Mitya Nilov is a winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The depth, sincerity and sensitivity of his distinctive musical voice have empowered him to captivate his audiences worldwide.  Mitya has appeared in top halls around the globe including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall and the New World Center in Miami, FL.

Mitya’s 2019-2020 starts with a bang performing in both concerto and recital roles at the Napa Valley Music Festival. This season will bring concert engagements across North America including his recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. A passionate advocate for new music, Mitya has collaborated with leading contemporary composers including Hannah Lash, Lansing McLoskey and Alejandro Viñao. Mostly recently Mitya appeared with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra performing Avner Dorman’s double percussion concerto, Perfumes, Spices, Toxins!, under the baton of maestra Carolyn Kuan. Other recent engagements include a performance of Emmanuel Sejourne’s Concerto for Marimba for Strings with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and an appearance at the Arts Basel Festival as a featured Grand Art Tour Artist. He has been performing internationally as a part of the “Elemental Culture” percussion project since 2015.

Born in Minsk, Belarus, Mitya began learning music from an early age. At the age of seven he was accepted to the Special Music School at the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatoire in Russia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Miami’s Frost School of music and his master’s degree from the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatoire. Most recently Mitya completed a master’s degree at Yale University where he was a member of the world-renowned Yale Percussion Group. His teachers include Robert Van Sice and Concert Artist Guild alumnus Svet Stoyanov.

Mitya is a proud Vic Firth Mallet Company Educational Artist and is currently based in Miami, Florida.


  • See video Piazonore, by Alexej Gerassimez

    Piazonore, by Alexej Gerassimez

  • See video  Mitya Nilov at the 2018 Concert Artists Guild Competition Finals

    Mitya Nilov at the 2018 Concert Artists Guild Competition Finals


  • Orchestral Repertoire

    Keiko Abe (1937)                          Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra (1996)

    Mason Bates (1977)                     Sideman for Solo Percussion and Winds (2015)

    Avner Dorman (1975)                   Spices, Perfumes,Toxins! (double percussion concerto; 2006)

    Avner Dorman (1975)                   Frozen in Time (solo percussion concerto) (2007)

    Eric Ewazen (1954)                      Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra (1999)

    Jennifer Higdon (1962)                 Percussion Concerto (2005)

    Kevin Puts (1972)                         Marimba Concerto (1997)

    Ney Rosauro (1952)                     Concerto No. 1 for Marimba (1986)

    Jorge Sarmientos (1931)              Marimba Concerto (1957)

    Joseph Schwantner (1943)          Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (1994)

    Emmanuel Séjourné (1961)         Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra (2005)

    Séjourné                                        Concerto for Vibraphone and String Orchestra (1999)