Sergey Malov is considered as versatile as he is virtuoso: he plays violin, viola, baroque violin and cello da spalla. His repertoire ranges from early Baroque music to Johann Sebastian Bach, from classical and romantic violin concertos to world premieres of contemporary music. For his interpretations he deals intensively with questions of style and playing techniques of the respective epoch.
On the violin Sergey has won prizes at the Paganini Competition in Genoa, the Mozart Competition in Salzburg, the Heifetz Competition in Vilnius, and the Michael Hill Competition in Auckland. With the viola he has won prizes at the ARD Competition in Munich and at the Tokyo Viola Competition.
As a violin and viola soloist he has performed with orchestras including BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Enesco Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Invitations have taken him to Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he interpreted Sibelius’s Violin Concerto on Sibelius’s birthday under Klaus Mäkelä, to the Innsbruck Early Music Festival.
At the Leipzig Bach Competition, Sergey was awarded the baroque violin. The JumpstartJunior Foundation Amsterdam provided him with a Gioffredo Cappa baroque violin. He has performed as a soloist with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Seville Baroque Orchestra, Musica Viva Orchestra Moscow, Camerata Salzburg, and Baroque Orchestra Halle.
The 2022/23 season saw Sergey tour the globe as conductor and soloist, including Norway for a tour with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as well as reuniting with Bochumer Symphoniker and La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. International festivals including Tongyeong Music Festival and Bach Festival in Lausanne were among his hosts, and further invitations took him to Philharmonie Essen and again to Brucknerhaus Linz, where he was a celebrated guest.
The 2023/24 season holds invitations from Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt, Philharmonie Salzburg, and Tivoli Philharmonic Orchestra Copenhagen. Further invitations have been extended from the Nicolaisaal Potsdam, Amici della Musica Florence, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Internationale Orgelwochen Nürnberg. Concert tours will take Sergey to New Zealand and Korea.
Sergey’s recordings of works by JS Bach, Paganini and Ysaÿe, among others, have been released by DECCA, EASonus, Hänssler Profil, Alba, and Pan Classics, as well as Solo Musica. His recording of Bach’s Six Cello Suites was awarded a 2021 OPUS Klassik. Recorded on his violoncello da spalla, it received outstanding reviews including “…a CD which is thoroughly terrific” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). His most recent release is 24 Caprices by Paganini (Solo Musica, 2021).
The videos with Sergey’s violoncello da spalla have been viewed over one million times on the internet. Since September 2017, he has been Professor of Violin at the Zurich University of Music.
Sergey Malov is proudly supported by The Michael Hill Violin Competition