Born in Moscow to musician parents, Serguei Milstein began piano lessons at the age of five and, one year later, entered the Moscow Central Music School, where he studied with A.Soumbatian. He enrolled in the class of his father, Jacob Milstein, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire.
Serguei Milstein is a prizewinner of major international competitions: Second Prize in the « Prague Spring » International Competition (1988), as well as Third Prize in the International Vercelli Competition (1991). In 1997, he won the First Prize at the International Musical Tournament (Rome). His soloist career has brought him to Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, England, the United States, Japan and Russia.
He has also performed at numerous festivals, including the Prague Spring Festival, Moravian Autumn and the Roque d’Anthéron Festival.
From 2003 to 2006, S.M. has been a visiting professor of piano in the Department of Music, Kobe College, Japan.
Actually, Serguei Milstein is professor of piano in Geneva Conservatoire, Switzerland.
Sviatoslav Richter saw in Milstein a serious and introspective musician, a profoundly erudite and talented pianist. The press has rounded out the accolate, describing him as « a pianist with an electrifying and visionary style, capable of providing rare moments of musical joy, that music lovers long to encounter, if only a few times, in their lives. »