Mikhail Golikov is an artistic director and chief conductor of Taurida State Symphony Orchestra of Leningrad oblast, laureate of International and Russian competitions, an artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestra of Saint Petersburg State Philharmonic for Children and Youth. He constantly cooperates with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg State Philarmonia, a chief invitee conductor of Irkutsk State Philarmonia.
In the end of 2013 Mikhail Golikov was awarded of the title of People’s Artist of The Kabardino-Balkar Republic for the big cultural project «The Symphony of Caucasia».
He organizes various educational programs and master classes in Russia and abroad, actively promotes the popularization of classical music among children and youth audiences, works on the jury of Russian and international children's and youth music competitions. He is the creator and artistic director of the Russian-Ukrainian Orchestra in Germany. Annually gives more than 200 concerts in Russia, as well as countries of Europe and Asia.
Mikhail Golikov is an extraordinary personality, a bold experimenter with high professionalism. His artistic and emotional performance do not leave indifferent prominent figures of science and culture (Zhores Alferov, Irina Bogacheva, Lyudmila Verbitskaya, Elena Obraztsova, Sergei Slonimsky, Igor Butman, Francis Goya, Michel Legrand, Edwin Marton and many others).