Sergei Dukachev was born in Magnitogorsk, a city in the Ural Mountains on the border between Europe and Asia, where he began to learn the piano at the age of six. At the State Institute of Art in Ufa, Bashkortostan, he studied with distinguished artist Vadim Monastirsky , during which time he won many prizes in competitions in he former Soviet Union, including First Prize in the All Russia Piano Competition in 1985. He subsequently entered the Moscow Conservatoire, taking a postgraduate course in the class of Lev Vlasenko. In 1989, he distinguished himself by being a prizewinner in the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna.
ergei, a Professor at the State Academy of Art in Ufa, was seconded in September 2005, for one year to teach at Chang-Shin College, Music Department, Masan, Korea. His Russian appointment allowed him to maintain a busy schedule of concerts in many Russian cities. He has played many piano concertos with the Ufa Symphony Orchestra, for example, those of Mozart: No.26 “The Coronation”; Beethoven: No.3 and No.5; and Rachmaninov Nos. 2 and3 together with the Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini . Several Russian composers have written works for him and many have asked him to give first performance of their works, confident of his ability to convey the meaning of the composer and the spirit of the music’s cultural background. Many of these works have been recorded for broadcasting on Russian radio and television.
Sergei developed close artistic links with Britain during his years at the Moscow Conservatoire, and in the late 1990s, began a series of annual visits to give concerts in England. His links with the Department of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, England, led to a series of concerts and masterclasses, and to his role as Artist in Residence in early 2000.
In August 2000 he turned for a period of a year to perform and teach in England based in Royal Holloway. Now a sought-after performer in England, Sergei’s appearances have included illustrated talks and masterclasses at Royal Holloway and other venues. He has performed the piano concertos of Mozart: No.26 “The Coronation”, and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto at Royal Holloway; Gershwin and Schumann at St. John’s Smith Square, London, and the Grieg piano concerto in Windsor. He has welcomed at venues as far apart as Rye and Shrewsbury, including Cheltenham, Shropshire, Surrey, the Midlands and the North West as well as in London itself.
In the summer 2005 and 2006, he accepted an invitation to join the teaching faculty of the Fifth and Six Chethams International Summer School and Festival for Pianists in Manchester, England, where he received the approbaation not only of his students and fellow faculty members but also of those who attended his recital during the School.
In Europe, Sergei has performed in Germany. Worldwide, from 2002 until 2005, Sergei has been Professor at the International Summer Courses in Brasilia City in Brazil, and in 2008 he was Professor at the International Festival “Ex Toto Corde” in Sao Paulo city in Brazil.