Dimitri Niks was born in 1969 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He immigrated with his family to the US in 1979 and graduated from Redlands High School in CA in 1988. Dimitri joined the US Army, was stationed in Germany and served in the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. After leaving the military Dimitri majored in Biochemistry at UC Riverside, CA and received a Bachelors degree in 1994 followed by a Masters degree in 1996. He has been involved in various research projects over the years focusing on enzyme kinetics of PLP and more recently Molybdenum-containing enzymes contributing to publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Dimitri studied piano and musicology with Inessa Niks. He was also involved in vocal research with his father from 1993-1996. Continued vocal research now with his mother lasted from 1997-2017. His research focused on the resonance in operatic singing and led to a breakthrough: the identification of a muscle group that creates the condition for optimal resonance. He is also the editor of “Type Without Tension” and “Play Without Tension” manuals and narrator of “Mystery of Singing Tone” lecture-recital. He is also the co-author and narrator of a free video course, “Ten Exercises for Singing Without Tension,” based on 20 years of research in vocal technique.