Sergej Tchirkov was born in St.Petersburg in 1980 and studied the accordion at the Rimsky-Korsakov Special Secondary Music Lyceum. He graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2003, class of Professor Alexander Dmitryev. In 2003-2005 he took a postgraduate course and qualified as an assistant teacher in accordion performance and chamber music. Sergej has attended seminars on composition conducted by Sergej Slonimsky, Gerard McBurney, and Ernst-Helmuth Flammer. In 2004 he received a scholarship from the European Centre of Arts Hellerau (EzdK) where he also studied improvisation with Anton Lukaszeviece. Sergej Tchirkov has played both as a soloist and a member of an orchestra, including with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musica Aeterna ensemble, Neue Dresdner Kammermusik and more, under the direction of Valery Gergiev, Teodor Currentzis, Timothy Redmond, Arkady Steinlucht, Federico Mondelci, and Alexis Soriano.He has been a member of following ensembles: Pro Arte Foundation eNsemble (St.Petersburg), Zero ensemble (Zürich), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Studio of New Music (Moscow), CNMRG computer and new music research group (St.Petersburg)Tchirkov has been a guest lecturer at the Zürich University of Music and Theatre, Gothenburg University, EMS Stockholm, Perm State Pedagogical University, and the Kazakh National University of Arts Astana. He has been an adjudicator at several compositon and new music competitions. His thesis on John Palmer's DRANG for accordion solo has been recommended as an education tool for higher schools of music. He is an expert of the Pro Arte Foundation music programs and a member of the expert council of the St. Petersburg Contemporary Music Centre 'ReMusik.org'.In 1999 - 2001 Sergej Tchirkov coordinated AWW East European News for Accordion. In 2009 - 2010 he worked as deputy-director of the State Russian Concert Orchestra, St.PetersburgSince 2011 he has taught at the International New Music Academy organised by the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble in the town of Tchaikovsky.Sergej Tchirkov works as a lecturer and performer at the Centre of Contemporary Music at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
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