Sergei Nakariakov

Sergei Nakariakov, an Israeli-Russian trumpet player, has established himself as one of the most sought-after trumpet players on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, a suave and velvet-toned sound and a deep sensitivity, he was named as the “Paganini of the trumpet” and “Caruso of the trumpet”.

Nakariakov’s current season is marked by a series of high-profile concerts in Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, Argentina, Brazil and Japan. In addition to the world première and subsequent performances of Fazıl Say’s Concerto for Two Trumpets, he is also performing Jörg Widmann’s ad absurdum, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C arranged for flugelhorn, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, also arranged for flugelhorn.

Not only does Nakariakov’s repertoire cover the entire range of original literature for the trumpet, it is also continually expanding into broader territories, comprising many fascinating transcriptions and commissions by Peter Ruzicka, Mikhail Pletnev, Uri Brener, Enjott Schneider, Fazıl Say and Jörg Widmann.

Renowned conductors with whom Nakariakov has worked include Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Saulius Sondeckis, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Temirkanov, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jaap van Zweden, Ton Koopman, Yuri Bashmet, Neville Marriner, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Mikhail Pletnev, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Kent Nagano and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Furthermore, he regularly collaborates with many of the world’s leading musicians like Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Emmanuel Pahud, Vadim Repin and Julian Rachlin for chamber music projects. He enjoys a long-standing musical friendship with pianist Maria Meerovitch and his own sister, Vera Okhotnikova.

Nakariakov’s discography with Teldec Classics International (Warner) has drawn the most enthusiastic public and critical acclaim. With Luiza Records, he founded his own label and released the double-CD album Metamorphosis with chamber music and orchestral works by Widmann, Schumann and Fauré. An upcoming recording project is dedicated to the flugelhorn and features arrangements of works by Mozart and Beethoven.

Nakariakov is an exclusive artist at AR Resonance with his trumpet. He plays a flugelhorn by Antoine Courtois, Paris.

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