Gordan Nikolić was born in Brus, Serbia in 1968 and began playing violin at the age of seven.
He graduated with the highest acclaims at the Musikhochschule Basel in the class of Jean-Jacques Kantorow working also with Lutoslawsky and Kurtág and developing an interest in both Baroque and contemporary music. He is the winner of several international awards, which include the Tibor Varga, Niccolò Paganini, Cità di Brescia, and Vaclaw Huml prizes.
In 1989, he was appointed the leader of the Orchestre d’Auvergne, which he conducted regularly from his leader’s chair. He worked as leader with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and later with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Since 1997, he has been leading the London Symphony Orchestra as well.
He has also often conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Manchester Camerata and Gordan Nikolić was also the guest of the Orchestre de Lille, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra , Toulouse Orchestra, Het Gelders Orkest.
In 2000, he was appointed “Prince Consort Professor” for string ensembles at the Royal College of Music and in September 2003, he became a professor Codarts School for Music in Rotterdam. A year later, he took over the leadership and became the Artistic Director of the Nederlands Kamerorkest in Amsterdam.
Gordan Nikolić is regularly invited to perform at festivals as The Proms London, Edinburgh Festival, Kuhmo Finland, La Folle Journée Nantes, with musicians such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Pieter Wispelwey, Christophe Coin, Eric Le Sage, Maria João Pires, Emmanuel Ax.
He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Symphonique de Bâle, Combattimento Consort from Amsterdam, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Warsovia and London Symphony Orchestra with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, and André Previn. It is worth mentioning that he gave the première of James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto, “Deep But Dazzling Darkness” with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Gordan Nikolic has made many recordings for various labels (Olympia, Lyrinx, Syrius, LSO Live,Alpha and PentaTone), which won several awards in the press a.o. Deutsche Kritik Preis for his Schumann recording with Eric Le Sage, recommended recording in the BBC Music Magazine and recording of the month in Gramophone Magazine etc.
Gordan Nikolic plays a Venetian Groffriller violin from 1710.