Sergeï Istomin

Historical cello, Viola da gamba

Sergei Istomin has performed solo and chamber music recitals in many European and North American Festivals. His repertoire includes baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music on both period and modern instruments.

Sergei Istomin started his violoncello studies at the age of six in Moscow, Russia at the Gnessin School for gifted children where he obtained his bachelor degree (Vera Birina’s violoncello class, Valentin Berlinsky’s quartet class). He received his Master Degree (Valentin Feigin’s violoncello class) at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (University). He completed his post-graduate studies with Catharina Meints Caldwell and August Wenzinger at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin, Ohio, USA.

Currently, Sergei Istomin teaches viola da gamba and violoncello (the 19th century performance practice) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatory, Ghent (HoGent ), where he also holds a research associate position (doctoral thesis: “K. F. W. Fitzenhagen and P. Tchaikovsky: creative collaboration on Variations on a rococo theme”). He was in the jury of the prestigious International Musica Antiqua Competition 2014 in Brugge. Sergei Istomin has recorded for Analekta, CBC, Centaur Records, Music and Arts Programs of America, Passacaille Records, Sony Classical and Zig-Zag Territoires.

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