Nikita Vaganov was born in Moscow in 1988. He began to study the clarinet at the age of seven at the Rostropovich Children’s School of Music (classes of Vladimir Tupikin and Andrei Andreyev). He continued his professional educational at the Gnessins’ State Music College under Vladimir Ferapontov, a Bolshoi Theatre soloist and Honoured Artist of Russia, and later at the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany) under Professor Reiner Wehle. In 2010–2011 he continued his studies at the Real Conservatorio in Madrid (Spain) under Adolfo Garcés. Since 2012 he has been a student at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (class of Professor Norbert Kaiser). Has taken part in master-classes given by such maestri as Sabine Meyer, Eduard Brunner, Vicente Alberola and Sergio Bosi.
The musician has been a prize-winner at several competitions, among them the I All-Russian Clarinettists’ Competition (1st prize, Moscow, 2003), the Possehl young performers’ competition (1st prize, Lübeck, 2009) and the Lion’s Club young woodwind performers’ competition (1st prize, Stuttgart, 2012). In 2011, together with students from the Musikhochschule Lübeck he founded the Cascade wind sextet, which was a prize-winner at Germany’s Inter-School Student Competition in the category “Chamber Ensemble” (2nd prize, Dusseldorf, 2012).
Nikita Vaganov is a grant-recipient of Nikolai Shilin’s Russian foundation Our Culture and Legacy as well as German foundations supporting young performers including those of Oscar and Vera Ritter and Maria Luisa.
The performer has collaborated with various youth orchestras and festivals including the IRO International Youth Orchestra (Ochsenhausen, Germany), the Baltic Youth Orchestra directed by Kristjan Järvi, the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland) and the Oberstdorfer Musiksommer festival (Germany). Since 2013 he has been a soloist of the clarinet section of the Mariinsky Orchestra.