Leonid Nikolaev studied at the Moscow Conservatoire with Boris Khaikin and Aron Shereshevsky. He was on special course in Vienna with a famous conductor Hans Swarovski. In 1974, he won Grand Prix of Herbert von Karajan Fund at the International Symphony orchestra competition in Berlin. Together with Leonid Slatkin and Zubin Mehta, he was the principal of the Russian-American International Youth orchestra from the moment of its creation in 1988. He recorded many CDs with music of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Berlioz, Shostakovich... Together with Mikhail Voskresensky, he recorded 2nd Piano concerto by Chopin with Great Radio and TV Symphony orchestra.
He appeared in all European countries, in Cuba, USA, Japan. He is a professor of the Moscow Conservatoire
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