Gordan Nikolić was born in Serbia in 1968 and began to play the violin when he was seven years old. Two years later his parents sent the talented boy to a boarding school for violin lessons. He furthered his studies with the renowned French violinist and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow at the Musikhochschule in Basel. He made a profound study of baroque music, but also worked with Lutoslawski and Kurtág as he was fascinated with contemporary composers as well.
In 1989 Nikolić was appointed to his first position as concertmaster and from that moment onwards, his career as a concert leader and a soloist picked up speed. He worked with a number of orchestras in Europe and won various awards. He was appointed concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1997.
Nikolić was then appointed professor at the Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music. He also taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory after his arrival at the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Finally, he was appointed artistic director and concertmaster of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in 2005.
Gordan Nikolić, who plays a Lorenzo Storioni violin of 1794, is an energetic master violinist who has created a sensation throughout the world. In Amsterdam he has become the public face of the NKO, since he leads the chamber orchestra in an inspiring and very own, unique style. During concerts he sweeps up not only the members of the orchestra with his exhilarating mobility, but enthuses the entire auditorium as well.