BM (Gnessins Music Specialist School, Moscow); MM (Moscow Conservatory, Russia); Specialist Studies (Oberlin College Conservatory, Ohio, USA); PhD (Ghent University, Belgium)
Sergei Istomin started his violoncello studies at the age of six in the class of Vera Birina at the Gnessin’s School for gifted youth (Moscow, Russia) where he obtained his Bachelor Degree. He completed his Master Degree at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Valentin Feigin. 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 had the rare privilege to work with August Wenzinger.
Sergei Istomin has recorded for: Sony Classical (Vivarte Label); Analekta, CBC (Canada); Centaur Records, Music and Arts Programs of America (USA); Zig-Zag Territoires (France); Passacaille Records (Belgium).
His performances have been broadcast across Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Today, a Russian, French and Canadian musician, he lives in Belgium from where he continues his international career.