In this lesson, Nikita Koshkin begins by giving the origin story and walking through sections of his piece Introduction & Vivace. Written as the set piece for the 2003 GFA competition, this piece pushes players to their peak virtuosity. Koshkin alludes to two players with incredible interpretations of this piece: Goran Krivokapic and Marko Topchii.
A masterclass on this piece by Marko Topchii can be found here.
Born in Moscow in 1956, Koshkin recalls liking the music of Shostakovich and Stravinsky at age 4. His parents planned a diplomatic career for young Nikita, however, and until he was 14, rock was his only musical interest. That year, his grandfather gave him a guitar and a recording by Segovia, and his life was changed. Composing for and playing the guitar became his double passion, and he went on to study guitar with George Emanov at the Moscow College of Music, and with Alexander Frauchi at the Gnesin Institute (Russian Academy of Music), where he also studied composition with Victor Egorov.