Click here for latest promo video
Sergei Nakariakov has broken through more than a few of the perceived boundaries framing the world of the trumpet in classical music. Dubbed "The Paganini of the trumpet" by the Finnish press after a performance at the Korsholm Festival when he was only 13 years old, and in 1997 "Caruso of the Trumpet" by Musik und Theater, Sergei Nakariakov has developed a unique musical voice, which is much more than a vehicle for astonishing virtuosity. His repertoire includes not only the entire range of original literature for the trumpet; but is continually expanding into broader territories, including many fascinating transcriptions, while he searches for ever new means of musical expression. At the same time, he has single-handedly brought the flügelhorn to prominence on the concert platform.
Born in Gorky in 1977, Sergei began to play the piano when he was six years old, but moved on to the trumpet, after a spine injury in 1986 curtailed his piano studies. In the early years, his father tirelessly sought various trumpet teachers. However Sergei pays tribute to the technical and musical gifts he has learned from his father, Mikhail Nakariakov, who has transcribed a large number of classical concertos for the trumpet and with whom he studied daily from the very beginning, and since 1995, exclusively!
From the age of ten Sergei started to perform with orchestras in major concert halls of the Soviet Union. In 1988, he got a diploma at a brass competition for adults. It became clear that in order to develop his carrier and to travel, he had to leave the Soviet Union. His hometown Nizhni Novgorod was a closed city – not allowed to any outsiders. His family made the decision to move to Israel in order to give him the liberty to travel. In 1991 he enjoyed great success at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival in Bad Wörishofen. In August that year he made his debut with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival. One year later 1992 Sergei was a guest at the Schleswig - Holstein Musikfestival where he was awarded the Prix Davidoff . Since then he has appeared in many of the worlds leading centres of music, including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He performs in festivals in most European Countries. He tours for several weeks each year in Japan and also appears as guest soloist in North America and Canada. He is collaborating with the world's most feted musicians, orchestras and conductors, most recently in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées with the St.Petersburg Philharmonic and Youri Temirkanov. His international touring schedule includes performances in the foremost concert series all over the world, both with orchestra and in recital - accompanied by his sister pianist Vera Okhotnikova or Belgian pianist Maria Meerovitch.
In October 2002 Sergei Nakariakov received the German ECHO Klassik Award on ZDF television for instrumentalist of the year from the German Phono-Academy. In January 2006 Sergei premiered “ad absurdum” with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, a concerto specially composed for him by Jörg Widmann, featuring his unusual circular breathing capabilities. In October 2007 he performed “ad absurdum” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek at the Barbican Concert Hall in London.
In May 2006 Sergei Nakariakov served as a member of the jury at the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition at the Sage Newcastle in England.
Sergei Nakariakov's discography with Teldec Classics/Warner has drawn the most enthusiastic public and critical acclaim. It includes the most famous trumpet concertos as well as two recital albums of virtuoso music for trumpet by Bizet, Paganini, de Falla, Gershwin and Rimsky-Korsakov with pianist Alexander Markovitch. “Élégie”, with pianist Vera Nakariakova, includes a selection of famous romantic works for voice and piano transcribed for trumpet and piano. "Concertos for Trumpet" features transcriptions for trumpet and flügelhorn of string concertos by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Hoffmeister. The French magazine: Repertoire gave it the highest classification: "R10 - Coup de foudre". "NO LIMIT" was awarded the RTL Choc d'Or. "From Moscow with love" features Russian Concertos. “Echoes from the past” includes trumpet concertos originally written for bassoon and violoncello by Hummel, Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saëns. In Japan he appeared in a romantic film production impersonating a Russian trumpet player: “Taiga-no itteki”. He also played in the soundtrack of the film.
Sergei’s latest CD “Widmung” (Tribute – Eng, Hommage – Fra) is of virtuoso trumpet and flügelhorn works and is dedicted to his former teacher Timofei Doksizer.
The highpoint of the 2009 / 2010 season was Sergei Nakariakov's premiere of the trumpet concerto "PIETA" by Christian Jost dedicated to Chet Baker, with the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg in the Laeiszhalle on November 22 & 23.
Sergei Nakariakov plays instruments by Antoine Courtois Paris.