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Sergei Redkin was born in 1991 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where he began studying piano at the age of six at the State Music Academy, also taking courses early on in improvisation and composition. In 2004 he moved to St. Petersburg to undertake studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, first in the Special School for the Highly Talented and then, starting in 2009, as a regular student in the class of Alexander Sandler. He continued his composition studies with Alexander Mnatsakanyan, one of the last pupils of Shostakovich. Redkin received a scholarship from the House of Music starting in 2011 and took part several times in the Lake Como International Piano Academy, where he worked with such figures as Dmitri Bashkirov, Peter Frankl, and Fou Ts’ong. He won the International Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in 2012, the Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg in 2013, and the bronze medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015. Valery Gergiev subsequently engaged him for performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Paris, New York, and Mexico and invited him to take part in a Prokofiev marathon as part of his “MPHIL 360°” Festival in Munich, where Redkin gave accounts of the composer’s last two piano sonatas. He has performed recitals and chamber music not only in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and various other Russian cities but also in Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland. In the 2017-18 season, he made his debuts with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra; he additionally performed at the Bruckner House in Linz, the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the Kissingen Piano Olympics, as well as in Basel and Brussels. Sergei Redkin has also written a number of compositions, especially in the areas of piano and chamber music.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 2 September 2017 in the Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos of Sergei Prokofiev as part of the Mariinsky Orchestra’s Prokofiev marathon under Valery Gergiev.