San Fransisco Chronicle
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 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.
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! 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 of the same year he made his debut together 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 centers 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.
On Oct. 13. 2002 Sergei Nakariakov received the ECHO Klassik Award on ZDF as instrumentalist of the year from the German Phono-Academy.
On Jan. 18. 2006 Sergei Nakariakov premiered “ad absurdum” with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, a concerto specially composed for Sergei Nakariakov by Jörg Widmann, It features his unusual circular breathing capabilities. On Oct. 05. 2007 Sergei Nakariakov performed “ad absurdum” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavec at the Barbican in London.
On May 20. 2006 Sergei Nakariakov served as a member of the jury at the “BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006” Competition at Newcastle Gateshead in England.
Sergei Nakariakov’s discography with TELDEC CLASSICS INTERNATIONAL (WARNER) has drawn the most enthusiastic public and critical acclaim; and incorporates the most famous trumpet concertos as well as two recital albums of virtuoso music for trumpet by Bizet, Paganini, de Falla, Gershwin and Rimski-Korsakov with pianist Alexander Markovitch. The “Élégie” recording, 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 d’Or. “From Moscow with love” features Russian Concertos. His most recent CD is “Echoes from the past”, with trumpet concertos originally written for bassoon and violoncello, written by Hummel, Mozart, Weber and Camille Saint-Saens. 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.
Highpoint of the season 2009 / 2010 was Sergei Nakariakov’s premiere of the trumpet concerto “PIETA” by Christian Jost dedicated to Chet Baker, with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg in the Laeiszhalle November 22nd and 23rd.