Sergej Krylov, Violin


Sergej Krylov has established himself as one of the most talented violinists of his generation. He is regularly invited to perform at prestigious concert halls worldwide and has appeared with orchestras including the Staatskapelle Dresden, Philharmonique de Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, London Philharmonic, Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Russian National Symphony, NHK Symphony (Tokyo), Atlanta Symphony, English Chamber and Budapest Festival orchestras.

Among the important personalities with whom he has worked, his friendship with Mstislav Rostropovich has been one of the most significant influences in Krylov’s artistic life. Krylov has appeared with many conductors including Mikhail Pletnev, Dmitri Kitajenko, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrey Boreyko, Fabio Luisi, Omer Meir Wellber, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Asher Fisch, Vasily Petrenko, Nicola Luisotti, Saulius Sondeckis, Zoltán Kocsis and Yuri Bashmet.

Highlights of the 2016-17 season include concerto performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Konzerthaus Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra della RAI Torino, Basel Symphony Orchestra, New Tokyo City Orchestra. With his Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Krylov embarks on a European tour, both as a soloist and conductor. Multiple recitals for solo violin and with piano complete his calendar.

Sergej devotes a great deal of time to chamber music projects, playing alongside Denis Matsuev, Yuri Bashmet, Itamar Golan, Lilya Zilberstein, Aleksandar Madžar, Bruno Canino, Stefania Mormone, Maxim Rysanov, Nobuko Imai, the Belcea Quartet and Elīna Garanča. Since 2008 he has been nominated Music Director of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and he is regularly taking on the double role of soloist and conductor in a wide repertoire ranging from Baroque music to contemporary works.

In 2016, Deutsche Grammophon has released a first CD of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the double role of soloist and conductor with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and in January 2017 a second album dedicated to Paganini’s 24 Capricci. Krylov’s discography includes also recordings for Melodya and EMI.

Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Sergej Krylov began studying the violin at the age of five and completed his studies at the Moscow Central Music School. While still very young he won the International Lipizer Violin Competition, the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the Fritz Kreisler Competition.


Sergej Krylov's appearance in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

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Curious Beethoven
Sun, 2007-11-11
Brave artistic violinist and mild maestro played well together. '...Sergej Krylov proved to be an exciting soloist. Not only does he have a superior technique, he also has the power to express his musical ideas. The 37 year old Russion is a super precise, curiously investigating and above all a surprisingly delicate interpreter, who with his luxuriously creamy violin sound gave himself ample time to focus on all the passages in the popular concerto, which are normally bypassed in a hurry with closed eyes and nose in the air. With neat orchestral details and a kind baton, Giancarlo Andretta followed his soloist in an ear opening interpretation, which at time favoured exceptionally slow tempi, but nevertheless was played with fine dynamics throughout, and the finale was so playful and light, that one gladly followed soloist and conductor in their different interpretation...' 'The conductor had prepared everything nicely, but Krylov was the evening's great experience. To play Bach's well known D minor organ toccata for an encore and make all echo effects and ornamentations support the thesis that this super virtuoso piece of baroque music has been written for violin and not, as one believes, for organ, that is simply great.'
Intense Tchaikovsky
Fyns Stiftstidende
Mon, 2008-12-08
Naturally one cannot play Bach's impressive and impossibly difficult organ piece 'Toccata and Fugue' on the violin - it would be a more than hazardous undertaking. But then again - naturally one can - and even to perfection, when one's name is Sergej Krylov. He wished to thank the audience for the the thunderous applause after his performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. His performance was on a towering high level. With rare musical intelligence Krylov got all the musicians out on the edge of the chairs, caught in his universe. The symbiosis was so intense, that a total surrender was the only solution for an astounded and fascinated orchestra - and audience. Both the melancholic melodies in the second movement and the pompous polonaise and dances in the outer movements were clear as glass, played with a terrific soloistic surplus and a becoming moedesty.
Hot and Wild
Wed, 2008-12-10
'One no longer plays the violin, one mistreats it, beats it blue and yellow' wrote critic Eduard Hanslick after the first performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Funnily enough the concerto became a great hit. Funnily enough it was partly because Sergej Krylov beat his violin blue and yellow that his interpretation of Tchaikovsky's concerto was so terrific when he played it with Odense Symphony Orchestra. Krylov is not only a musician of the solid Russian school, with all it entails of technical superior control of his instrument. He also showed himself as a bit of a cheeky fellow. His violin sounded lovely gipsy warm and his temper was restless. The dramatic excitement in his interpretation was refreshing. Besides, Krylov was poetically blossoming without becoming too sweet, and he had a wonderfully unintimidated and level-headed way of portraying Tchaikovsky's pain.
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