Israeli – Russian trumpet player Sergei Nakariakov was born in Gorky and received his first music lessons on the piano, which would have remained his chosen instrument if he had not injured his back in 1986 and been forced to give it up. Instead he turned to the trumpet, a change of direction in which he was supported by his father, who gave him his technical knowledge and helped him to develop still further his exceptional feel for music.
It was not long before he was giving concerts in his native Russia and accepting invitations from other countries in Europe, Asia as well as in North and South America. He made his Salzburg Festival début in 1991 with Saulius Sondeckis and the following year appeared for the first time at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where he was awarded the Prix Davidoff. In the years 1993 and 1994 Sergei took lessons with Guy Touvron at the CNR in Paris.
In 2002 Sergei Nakariakov received the ECHO Klassik Award on ZDF as instrumentalist of the year from the German Phono-Academy. Over the years Sergei has recorded over 15 compact discs ( TELDEC, EMI, Sony Classical and other labels) and has been collaborating with such conductors as Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Yury Bashmet, Yury Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Jiri Bělohlávek, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Sir Neville Marriner, Kent Nagano, Mikhail Pletnev, Sakari Oramo, Jaap Van Zweden, Valery Gergiev and others.
Sergei's touring schedule includes performances in the foremost concert series all over the world, both with orchestra and in recital - alongside his sister pianist Vera Okhotnikova or Belgian pianist Maria Meerovitch.
Sergei Nakariakov plays on instruments by Antoine Courtois, Paris