Sergei Markarov

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As the first Russian musician to receive the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2002, classical pianist Sergei Markarov is one of the most renowned advocates of the performance stage as an instrument of world friendship.
Sergei Markarov, a native of Baku in the former Soviet Union, majored in piano at the famed St. Petersburg's Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory under the tutelage of Professors Pavel Serebryakov and Nikita Yujanin. After graduating from the Conservatory in 1977, Markarov sought to elevate his mastery of the instrument by enrolling at Moscow’s Tsaichovsky State Conservatory, from which he received his Masters degree in Music Performance in 1982. Shortly after, Markarov launched a series of piano concerts in the former Soviet republics, as well as in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara and other major cities of the USSR. As a much sought-after soloist, he performed with the State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR and the Samara Symphony Orchestra, among other renowned institutions.
By then, Markarov had firmly ensconced himself in the pantheon of great Russian musicians of recent generations. The world soon beckoned, and Markarov embarked on a series of critically lauded concerts and piano recitals which took him to the prestigious concert halls not only in his native Russia, but also in other European countries such as Norway, Italy and Hungary. In 1988 and as part of a cultural exchange program, he was invited to Paris, France by the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique (Higher National Music Conservatory). During a five-year span from 1988 to 1993, Markarov wowed concert audiences and critics alike in France, Poland, Finland, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Andorra, Luxemburg, China, Croatia, Serbia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

Markarov is currently Professor at l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he imparts his exacting musical technique and passion for perfection to young artists. A shower of awards and honors through the years does not seem to distract Markarov from his love of teaching. He was appointed a Counsellor of the Ministry of Culture and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation in March 2005 and, in the following year, received the honorary title of National Artist of the Republic of Northern Osetia-Alanya. Numerous other international honors have been conferred on him, including France’s Government Medal for Merit, and honorable badges from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the Russian International Center in recognition of his efforts to foster global understanding.
Amidst the whirlwind of performances and the demands of his music classes, Sergei Markarov somehow finds the time to serve on juries at major international piano competitions. He remains true to his other passion, sharing his music to tens of thousands all over the world in various charity concerts that advocate harmony among nations.  It is because of his great passion for peace among nations that he contributed to the 2010 Peace Concert by sharing his talent on the piano.