Award winners of NATS-LA YAA will participate in a masterclass with Nino Sanikidze of Los Angeles Opera.
Georgian pianist Nino Sanikidze has held the position of a Head Coach for the
Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera since the
program’s inception in 2006. In addition to her duties with the Young Artist
Program, she often serves on LAO Music staff as a pianist and a prompter,
working closely with Plácido Domingo and James Conlon.
Outside of LA Opera, she has been engaged with such companies as Teatro
Real in Madrid, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Royal Opera House Muscat,
Teatro Municipal di Santiago, Washington National Opera, Bard Summerscape,
Cleveland Opera, and Wichita Grand Opera. A frequent collaborator with the
Broad Stage in Santa Monica, her notable concert appearances include a recital
with tenor Marcelo Alvarez and a recital with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca. In
addition she has performed in a recital with world-renown guitarist Angel
Romero at Palm Springs Life Festival.
Since 2008 she has been an official pianist for Placido Domingo’s World Opera
Competition Operalia. In this capacity she has performed on the illustrious
stages of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House in London, Teatro
Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, National Centre for the Performing Arts in
Beijing, Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in
Los Angeles, Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona,
Grand Théâtre de Québec, among others.
Dr. Sanikidze serves on a judging panels of the Metropolitan Opera National
Council auditions, Richard Tucker Music Foundations Study and Career Grant
Auditions, Marcela Sembrich International Voice Competition, Classical Singer
Convention, Music Center Spotlight Awards, and Center Stage Opera
Competition. A sought-after clinician, she has been a principal guest coach for
the USC Thornton School of Music and has conducted masterclasses at
Chapman Conservatory, Opera Santa Barbara, University of Kansas, Songfest,
Music Center Spotlight, and YoungArts Los Angeles.
Ms. Sanikidze is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Marilyn Horne
Foundation Award for Excellence in Vocal Accompanying. She received her
Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park,
and is an alumna of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington
National Opera, as well as the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera
Center, Cleveland Art Song Festival, and SongFest.