Russian violinist Sergey Galaktionov makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as the Guest Concert Master for La forza del destino and his Royal Ballet debut for Romeo and Juliet.
Galaktionov was born in 1970 in Samara, Russia, and studied in Moscow, where he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1993 with the highest honours. Galaktionov is currently violin soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic, a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Permanent Concert Master of the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Turin, and professor of violin at Turin Conservatory. He has performed as a guest concert master with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Russian National Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and the Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. As a soloist, he has performed with the Moscow Philharmonic, Russian State Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Guido Cantelli di Milano, L’Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, L’Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, L’Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, working under leading conductors. He has appeared in major concert venues throughout Italy, and at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Kyoto Music Centre. He has participated in musical festivals including the Moscow Autumn, Lucerne, Settimane Musicali di Stresa and Echoes festivals.
Galaktionov has toured Israel as a soloist with the Orchestra Cameristi della Scala performing music by Piazzolla and Vivaldi, and performed Paganini’s Second Violin Concerto on the ‘Cremonese’ violin made in 1715 by Antonio Stradivarius. His repertory extends from the baroque to the 21st century and includes works by many contemporary Italian composers.