Effervescent musicianship, intense lyricism and beguiling tonal beauty belong to the qualities that have secured Sergej Krylov’s place among today’s most renowned performers. The Russian-born violinist directs breathtaking virtuosity to reveal profound expressive insights into the works in his strikingly broad repertoire.
«Sergej Krylov transfixed the house, fiddling with the kind of effortless lyricism, liquid flow and mercurial tones that distinguish the best violinists» observed THE TIMES, following last year’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko.
A regular guest with several major institutions and world’s leading orchestras, Sergej Krylov has appeared with, among others, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Russian National Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, DSO Berlin, the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra, NHK Symphony Tokyo, Staatskapelle Dresden.
Among the prominent personalities with whom he has worked, Krylov’s friendship with Mstislav Rostropovich stands among the most important influences on his artistic life. Over the past decade he has collaborated with many leading conductors, from Mikhail Pletnev, Dmitri Kitajenko, Vasily Petrenko, Karel Chichon, Valery Gergiev, Andrey Boreyko and Vladimir Jurowski to Fabio Luisi, Roberto Abbado, Yuri Temirkanov, Marin Alsop, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitry Liss and Yuri Bashmet.
Recent and forthcoming highlights of Sergej Krylov’s season include performances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra/M. Pletnev and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/M. Alsop, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/S. Kochanovsky and Qatar Philharmonic/D. Kitajenko, Paganini’s Concerto n. 1 with the St Petersburg Philharmonic/C. Dutoit and Charlotte Symphony/R. Abbado next to concerts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Zagreb and Belgrade Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the New Russia Symphony Orchestra/J. Bashmet and many others.
Forthcoming engagements of Sergej Krylov’s 2019/20 season include performances with London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Dresdner Philharmonie, Moscow and St Petersburg Philharmonics, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
Since 2008 Sergej Krylov has been the artistic director of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. He often assumes a dual role – soloist and conductor – in a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. As a conductor, he has collaborated with many orchestras around the world, including the English Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, New Russia Orchestra, Musica Viva, I Pommeriggi Musicali and the Tatarstan National Orchestra.
Sergej Krylov devotes much time to chamber music projects, playing in partnership with pianists Denis Matsuev, Nikolai Lugansky, Bruno Canino, Boris Berezovsky, Itamar Golan, Michail Lifits and others.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Sergej Krylov began studying the violin at the age of five and completed his training at the Moscow Central School of Music with Sergey Kravchenko and Abram Shtern continuing studies in Italy with Salvatore Accardo at Stauffer Academy in Cremona. His international breakthrough came with first prize-winning success at the International Violin Competition “Rodolfo Lipizer”, the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the Fritz Kreisler Competition.
In addition to early recordings for Melodiya and EMI, Krylov’s discography includes two recent releases on Deutsche Grammophon: the first, a recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in the role of soloist and conductor with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the second, an album devoted to Paganini’s 24 Capricci. Both albums attracted critical plaudits. In October 2016 Sergej Krylov premiered Ezio Bosso’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, recorded live under the composer’s direction and released by SONY Classical. He recently recorded the Violin Concerto Metamorphosen under Krzysztof Penderecki’s direction as part of a landmark project to record the Polish composer’s complete works.
Sergej Krylov is a recipient of numerous awards and insignias of honour: Angelo dell’Anno (Milano), Violino d’argento, (Cremona) and Le Muse (Florence) to name just a few. Since 2012, he has been the Professor at the University of Music in Lugano, Switzerland.
“The CD of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons featuring the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the violinist Sergej Krylov mesmerises ornate sound and emotional charge characteristic of this music. Krylov manages both virtuoso and lyrical passages masterfully, while the most challenging spots – with ease, treating the listeners to refined and lush sound. It tallies with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra’s powerful and eloquent performance which in fast episodes sounds as an impressive phenomenon hovering on the verge of technical possibilities.” Amadeus ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ review on CD of Vivaldi’s Violin Concertos released on Deutsche Grammophon in 2016.