Russian pianist Nikolai Tokarev was born in Moscow in 1983 into a musical family. He started his musical training in 1988 at the renowned Gnessin School of Music in Moscow with Ada Traub and Mikhail Khokhlov, and he completed his studies with a distinction in 2001. Between 2004 and 2007 Tokarev studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Dina Parakhina; he completed his postgraduate study in Düsseldorf with Prof. Barbara Szczepanska at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule.
In September 2006, he received the Orpheum Public Award at the 8th International Orpheum Music Festival in the Tonhalle, Zurich. In 2007 he received an ECHO Klassik prize for his CD No. 1, and in October 2009 he received the Prix Montblanc in the Berlin Konzerthaus.
Nikolai Tokarev is a regular guest player at international festivals including, among others, the Klavier-Festival Ruhr where he played the opening concert in the Essen Philharmonie in 2007. He has also made many recordings and radio broadcasts.