The Musical Olympus Foundation


Sergey Kuznetsov was born in 1978 to a family of musicians. He studied music from the age of six at the Moscow Special Gnessin School of Music, and thereafter, at the Moscow Conservatory in Prof. Mikhail Voskresensky's class, graduating in 2001 with distinction.

Since 2001, Sergey perfected his performing skills at postgraduate courses with Oleg Maisenberg in Vienna University of Music and, since 2003, at Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Voskresensky. Since 2006, Sergey Kuznetsov has been working as an assistant at the Moscow Conservatory.

In 1999, Sergey received First Prize at the A.M.A. Calabria International Competition (Italy); in 2000, he became a laureate of the Alicia de Larrocha Competition in Andorra.

In 2003, Sergey Kuznetsov won Second Prize at the 9th International Geza Anda Competition in Zurich, as well as the Audience Prize and an engagement to perform at the Lucerne International Festival.

In the summer of 2005, Sergey was awarded Second Prize at the renowned Cleveland International Piano Competition, and in November 2006, he won Second Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan.

Sergey Kuznetsov has gained success performing in Russia, Spain, Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, USA, Japan, Cyprus and in the Netherlands. He works with such collectives as the Shostakovich String Quartet, Ysaye String Quartet, Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Winterthur Orchestra, Berlin and Munich Symphony Orchestras and such conductors as Janos Furst, Misha Damev, Nikolay Alexeev, Theodor Guschlbauer, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Jahja Ling, Georg Schmohe and Walter Weller. The pianist cooperates with prominent artistic agencies such as KD Schmid Hanover, Pro Arte Frankfurt and participates in numerous International Music Festivals such as those in Kyoto and Yokohama (Japan), Cyprus, Merano (Italy), Zurich and Lucerne Festivals, Ernen Musikfestspiele, Bodensee Festival, Irina Arkhipova Festival, Musical Olympus (Russia) and Lockehnhaus Festival (Austria).

His performances have been broadcast on German-language Swiss Radio (DRS2), French-language Swiss Radio (RSR Espace 2), Radio France, Czech Music Radio, WCLV, WQXR (USA), Orpheus Radio Russia, Serbian Radio and TV and MEZZO TV.

In 2002, Sergey recorded a CD for Classical Records with works by Brahms, Liszt and Scriabin. Another CD with works by Schumann and Brahms is scheduled for release in 2007.