Gordan Nikolitch was born in 1968 and began learning the violin at the age of seven. He studied with the violinist and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow at the Basle Music Academy, obtaining his teaching diploma in 1987 and his diploma in solo violin studies in 1990. During this period he developed his interest in Baroque and contemporary music, and worked closely with composers Witold Lutoslawski and György Kurtág.
In 1990 he was appointed Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of the Auvergne. He appeared frequently with this orchestra as a soloist and as a conductor. In 1997 Gordan Nikolitch was appointed Leader of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, relinquishing this post in 1998 to become Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1999 he also became Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Gordan Nikolitch has won many international prizes, and has performed regularly as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Suisse-Romande, the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Combattimento Consort, Amsterdam. He is a distinguished chamber musician, having appeared with many renowned ensembles, and with his own trio. In October 2006 he was appointed Principal Guest Director of Manchester Camerata.
He has recorded extensively for the Olympia, Lyrinx and Cyrius labels, exploring the rarer violin repertoire. Gordan Nikolitch plays a violin made by Lorenzo Storoni, dating from 1776.