Born in Russia in 1977, Sergei Nakariakov first studied the piano and was obliged to give up playing it after a car accident in 1986. The nine-year-old youth chose to concentrate on playing the trumpet instead. He began studying it with his own father, from whom he acquired his remarkable technique and exceptional feel for music. His debut performance with an orchestra given at the age of only 10 was reported in the press all around Russia as “the arrival of a new big star”, and led him into the spotlight. He was soon invited to appear in Sweden, Austria, the Netherlands and New York. Wherever he performed, he astonished audiences with the exceptional virtuosity of his trumpet performances.