Born and raised in central Massachusetts, bassoonist Sandra Nikolajevs began her formal musical education at the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and continued her studies at the Juilliard School and Paris Conservatory. Ms. Nikolajevs has worked with such notable conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez and Robert Spano and has performed chamber music in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Ms. Nikolajevs is currently Principal Bassoonist of the Savannah Philharmonic and has held the same position with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic and Augusta Symphony. She is Founder, President and Artistic Director of Chamber Music Charleston, is part of the Artistic Collective for Ballet Evolution and is on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center.
Founded in 2006, Chamber Music Charleston presents over 60 annual chamber music concerts in the greater Charleston Area and South Carolina Lowcountry.
The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is a professional orchestra in Savannah, GA presenting a full range of concerts each season.
Luzerne Music Center aims to provide world-class music instruction for passionate young people in a summer camp environment. Musicians ages 9 to 18 come from all over the world to train at LMC's campus located in the foothills of New York’s Adirondack Park
Ballet Evolution promotes the development of collaborative arts in the Charleston community through professional ballet performances integrating live music and arts education.