- Violin and Viola
- Associate of Arts (AA), Whatcom Community College
Skills and Specialized Training
- Song Composition
- Music Transcription
- Music Theory
Nika has lived in Bellingham and played the violin since she was seven years old. She has loved classical music for as long as she can remember and was taught the violin through the Suzuki method. As a child, she competed in city and state competitions both as a soloist and with group ensembles. As an adult, Nika continues to study advanced classical pieces and Baroque music with a mentor. She also studies klezmer and fiddle music independently.
Nika feels that the love and dedication to the violin is an enriching and life long journey. Therefore she speaks to life not only with the violin but outside of the violin, and the importance of staying healthy and happy with the tools of breathing, stretching, and good posture. The violin is very complex, so Nika likes to mix up lessons with rewarding (yes, there are prizes!) games and activities that she creates herself, aimed at rhythm and ear training. Her fun passion projects include transcribing music from television and film and experimenting with the 4-track recording process. If she is not playing violin, she is practicing yoga or sewing clothes from scratch
The masters of classical – Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi above all. Indie folk and alt country from the Southwest such as Devotchka, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Beirut, Woven Hand and 16 Horsepower. The Brazilian genre Bossa Nova, especially Nara Leao, Edu Lobo and Astrud Gilberto. Film scores, with my favorites being composed by Danny Elfman and Australian duo Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Instrumental post-rock which includes the bands Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros.
Baltic Cousins, an acoustic violin and vocal/guitar duet playing original folk rock songs with some covers by Townes Van Zandt, John Prine and Bob Dylan.