Sergei Istomin (violoncello, viola da gamba) is in demand throughout Europe and North America as soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire includes baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music on both period and modern instruments.
He performs in solo and chamber music concerts with artists such as: forte-pianists Jos van Immerseel, Viviana Sofronitsky. He regularly works with Anima Eterna Brugge Orchestra (violoncello solo), Tafelmusik Orchestra, Il Gardellino Ensemble and many other prominent European and North American groups and soloists (Vincenzo Casale, clarinet; Boyan Vodenicharov, fortepiano.) Recently he recorded for the Passacaille Records, Belgium the Haydn’s Cello Concertos with Apollo Ensemble.
He has also performed at a wide range of festivals such as Aix-en-Provence, Alden Biesen, Beaune, Leipzig Bach Festival, Klang&Raum Festival, MA Festival Brugge, Nantes, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, St.Riquier, Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival de Wallonie, Utrecht, Lockenhaus, Schleswig-Holstein and Sopron.
Sergei Istomin started his violoncello studies at the age of six in the class of Vera Birina at the Gnessin’s School for gifted children (Moscow, Russia) where he obtained his Bachelor Degree. He completed his Master Degree at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Valentin Feighin. He continued his post-graduate studies in viola da gamba with Catharina Meints Caldwell at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Oberlin, Ohio, USA, where he also had the rare privilege to work with August Wenzinger.
He has been appointed to the position of research associate at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatory which together constitute the School of Arts of University College Ghent, Belgium (KASK - Koninklijk Conservatorium, Hogeschool Gent | Lid van de Associatie Universiteit Gent.)
Sergei Istomin has recorded for: Analekta, Canada, (Virtuoso Solos for Viola da Gamba, Best Instrumental CD for the year 2003 by the Globe and Mail, Canada; J. S. Bach Cello Suites, Best Instrumental CD for the year 1997); Music and Arts Programs of America (C.P.E. Bach with Colin Tilney, harpsichord); Zig-Zag Territoires (Franz Liszt with Jos van Immerseel, Erard pianoforte); Passacaille Records, Belgium, (Chopin Complete Works for Cello And Fortepiano, Mendelssohn Complete Works for Cello and Fortepiano with Viviana Sofronitsky). He has also recorded for CBC, Sony Classical. His performances have been broadcast across Europe, North and South America, Australia, New-Zealand and Japan.
Sergei Istomin, a Russian, French and Canadian musician lives in Belgium from where he continues his international career.