Has graduated Moscow State Conservatory (2007) and Conservatory post graduate classes (2010) as a composer (professor Vladimir Tarnopolski). In present time Nikolay works in the Conservatory as a teacher (Chair for Contemporary Music), also worked as a research associate (Centre for Electroacoustic Music, 2007–2014) and as a journalist.
Last time he also appears as an electronics performer and sound designer. In this quality Nikolay took part in several Russian and world premiers, creating exhibitions and interactive sound installations, which was exposed in Moscow (Literature Museum, pop/off/art gallery etc.), Zagreb (ISCM World Music Days 2011), Heidelberg (Mandelstam Exhibition), Linz (Prix Ars Electronica) and so on.
He attended Summer Courses for new music in Darmstadt (twice: in 2004, thanks to GoetheInstitute, and in 2010) and Impuls courses in Graz (2009; Austria).
Nikolay visited master-classes of known composers and interpreters (such as Beat Furrer).
In 2007 Nikolay was invited for collective musical theater project ‘Boxing Pushkin’ (director Andrea Boll); the performance have been shown in five cities including Amsterdam (Muziekgebouw) and the Hague (Korzo theater).
In 2010 Nikolay Khrust was a composer in residence in electronic centres CIRM (Nice) and GRAME (Lyon), which commissioned a work Fluting point for flute, percussion and live electronics.
In 2013–2014 in Meyerhold Centre Moscow there was a premiere of sound mystery ‘Creation of the World’ by N. Anastasieva, N. Khrust and A. Koleychuk (music by N. Khrust, direction by Natalia Anastasieva). Totally it has been shown eight times.
Nikolay Khrust is a laureate of international and all-Russian contests including III and IV Yurgenson International Young Composers Competition, 6th International Forum for Young Composers of Ensemble Aleph, Young Composers Competition of Orpheus Radio etc.
Works by Nikolay Khrust have been performed by Studio for New Music Moscow, eNsemble, de Ereprijs, Reconsil Wien, Aleph, MCME, Nostri Temporis ensembles, musicians of Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (Fabrice Junger, Yi-Ping Yang) and MusikFabrik (Helen Bledsoe), as well as Russian Philharmonic and Orpheus Radio symphony orchestras (Moscow), Smolny Cathedral choir (S.-Petersburg) and been presented at many concerts and festivals all around Europe.
Nikolay Khrust is a participant of ‘Sound Plasticity’ group , member of Moscow Composer’s Union.
N. Khrust developed several course units for Chair for Contemporary Music of the Conservatory, such as: ‘Multimedia Art Forms’, ‘Music Typesetting’, ‘Advanced Scores Setting and Layout’, ‘XX Century Repertoire for Strings’ (in collaboration with F. Sofronov), ‘Means of Electroacoustic Music’ (in collaboration with A. Nadzharov), ‘XX Century Repertoire for Winds’ (in collaboration with a collective of authors). Most of these units are successfully implemented in the Conservatory education.
Nikolay Khrust appears with scientific and popular lectures, reports, master classes: ‘The Sound and the Structure’, ‘Practice for Contemporary Music’, ‘Interactive Sound Installations’ in Meyerhold Centre Moscow, lectures on Science Festival Moscow, Arch-Stoyaniye Konakovo, The Culture Project Kyiv etc.