Born in 1951, Sergei Roldugin began playing the piano at the age
of five and the cello at the age of eight. While he was at the
Leningrad Conservatoire of Music he successfully auditioned for
a seat in the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yevgeny
Mravinsky. After graduating with Honorees from the Conservatoire
he began postgraduate studies with Nikitin and later became his
assistant at the Conservatoire as well as teaching the cello at
the Centralized Special Music School. In 1980 he won the bronze
medal in the Prague Spring International Cello Competition. In
1984 he became the principal solo cellist in the Kirov Opera Theatre
Orchestra and in 1991 was appointed associate professor of cello
at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.
Sergei Roldugin has taken part as a soloist in many music festivals
in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Finland and Scotland.
His solo repertoire is extensive, ranging from Bach to Schnittke.
Much of it he has recorded for Russian radio, television and the
Melodia label. He currently also gives international masterclasses
in Weikeersheim in Germany and in Savolinna in Finland.