Biography

Sergey is a violist whose engagements have included Mannheimer Philharmoniker, Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin, Philharmonie der Nationen, Russian Camerata Chamber Orchestra, “Hermitage” Ensemble of Soloists. As an active musician, Sergey Bryukhno has been heard in most of the major concert venues in Moscow, Paris and Kazan including Moscow State Conservatoire, Tchaikovsky Hall, UNESCO Hall in Paris and Grand Hall of Kazan Conservatoire.

Through his practice as a musician and excellent vision of the market, Sergey perceived clearly that there is almost an empty niche for promotion of young classical musicians in Russia and Europe. The interest for IT and web-design, which started as a hobby, became a tool to provide his fellow colleagues with their own web-sites – refined and functional. When this was not enough, a new music label was launched.

Label Oclassica has been in the market of classical music just long enough to establish a good reputation and become a desired publisher name for young and experienced musicians, whose exceptional performance was not available to wider public since quite a few precious recordings had been neglected by bigger brands. They were first presented by Oclassica and presented in the most elegant way. With its perfect sense of style, Oclassica redefined how classical music should look like.

Owing to this label we now have several recordings of Denis Shapovalov (1st prize, Tchaikovsky Competition), who was one of Rostropovish’s favorite ensemble partners, but regrettably was lacking good representation in the recording market. Other Oclassica musicians include such well established performers as Alexander Fiseisky, Alexander Kobrin, Mikhail Mordvinov, Igor Fedorov and Misha Fomin.

Originally from Voronezh, Russia, Sergey Bryukhno began his musical studies on the violin at the age of six with Irina Krasnoshtanova. He pursued both violin and viola at the pre-college division of the Voronezh State Institute of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Leshchiner. In 1996 as a co-principal Viola of Voronezh Youth String Orchestra won Second Prize and a Special Prize for the best performance of compulsory work on International Jeunesses Musicales Competition Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

When Sergey chose to move to cosmopolitan Moscow, he studied viola with Prof. Vyacheslav Trushin and Prof. Alexandra Frantseva at the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesins. In 2003 Sergey Bryukhno became the recipient of a stipend from the Russian Performing Art Foundation while being a part of quartet class of Prof. Valentine Berlinsky, the lifelong Borodin Quartet member. Prof. Wilfried Strelle, ex- viola principal, Berliner Philharmoniker, should be mentioned among Sergey’s most recent advisors.

In his career as a violist Sergey Bryukhno had a chance to work with such well known conductors as Vyatcheslav Trushin, Vladimir Verbitsky, Yakov Leschiner, Alexey Utkin, Justus Franz. A keen chamber musician, he was blessed to share the stage with Eliso Versaladze and Nikolai Petrov. When playing with Hermitage Soloists Ensemble, his chamber partners included David Daniels along with others.

Among Sergey’s recent concerto highlights are: recital during the XIV International Chamber Music Festival in Alexandrov, Russia; performance of G.Ph. Telemann’s Concerto in G Major for Two Violas and String Orchestra with Voronezh String Orchestra; recital at the St. Peter-and-Paul’s Cathedral in Moscow; a series of recitals devoted to the music of J.S. Bach, which the musician considers his favorite.

Sergey is an author of several music compositions and non-fiction short story. Among his recent music releases is Romance in E-Flat Major for Piano and Viola.