Pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff is one of the generation of Russian musicians to finish their musical education and emerge into the world concert scene in the first decade after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Thus his studies combine training at one of the most prestigious Russian institutions, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and at one of the best in the West, the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the former he studied with Lev Naumov, one of the twentieth century's great teachers of piano, and in London with Christopher Elton.
Hayroudinoff won virtually every student prize within his reach at the Royal Academy, and also several on the international competition circuit. One of his greatest triumphs was at the 12th Vianna da Motta Interanational Piano Competition, where jury member Lazar Berman, one of the greatest Russian pianists of the time, hailed him as "a serious artist and master, whose emergence in the contemporary atmosphere of pseudo-artistic and shallow music-making is especially valuable and welcome."
During the period he was competing, and partly as a result of some of his wins, Hayroudinoff performed at several British venues including London's Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has begun major touring, which has taken him to Russia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the U.S., and Australia. In 1999 he began a second tour of Japan and also gave several recitals in Germany.
His academic colleagues have already noticed that Hayroudinoff has a propensity for teaching. Thus, he has begun giving master classes in conjunction with his tours, especially in Japan. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, Kensington and Chelsea College, and Frensham Heights School.