Sergei Krylov was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. At the age of five he began his violin studies and made his symphony orchestra debut at the age of ten, performing in Russia, China, Finland and Germany.
At a young age he won 1st prize at the Rodolfo Lipizer Prize violin competition, while after studying with Salvatore Accardo he was awarded 1st prize at both the Antonio Stradivarius Competition in Cremona and the prestigious Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna. Following the latter victory, he has gone on to develop a highly successful career, performing at the world’s great music venues, among them the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic, Munich’s Herkulessaal, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Auditorium de Radio France in Paris, Athens’ Megaron Hall, Brussels’ Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Teatro la Fenice in Venice and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Sergei Krylov appears with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, among them the Wiener Symphoniker, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestra di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg and the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Sergei Krylov was greatly influenced by Mstislav Rostropovich, whom the violinist knew and performed with on several occasions.
Sergei Krylov appears with such renowned conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rafael Frúhbeck de Burgos, Andrey Boreyko, Nicola Luisotti, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Dmitri Kitaenko, Saulius Sondeckis, Zoltán Kocsis, Julian Kovatchev and Yuri Bashmet.
The violinist is frequently involved in chamber music projects playing alongside illustrious performers including Yuri Bashmet, Itamar Golan, Lilya Zilberstein, Aleksandar Madžar, Yefim Bronfman, Denis Matsuev, Bruno Canino, Stefania Mormone, Mikhail Rudy, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Nobuko Imai, Elīna Garanča and the Belcea Quartet. Since 2009 Sergei Krylov has been Music Director of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. His discography, in addition to the recent release of the twenty-four Paganini capriccios, includes numerous recordings for the EMI, Melodiya and Agorа labels.
Sergei Krylov plays the Stradivarius “Scotland University” violin (1734) from the Sau-Wing Lam Collection, courtesy of the Fondazione Antonio Stradivari in Cremona.