Sergei Tarasov is a world-renowned concert pianist, winner and laureate of world’s prestigious music competitions, presently living and working in South Korea as a professor and piano faculty member at Daegu University, one of the largest and prestigious privateowned universities in South Korea. Sergei Tarasov is the First Prize winner of outstanding international music competitions: Prague Spring International Piano Competition «Printemps’ de Prague» (1988) «First Alabama» (1991, USA) Sydney International Piano Competition (1996, Australia, where he was also awarded 6 special prizes) «Premio Jaen» (1998, Spain) Porto Competition (2001, Portugal) Andorra Competition (2001, Andorra) Valsesia Musica Competition in Varallo Sesia (2006, Italy) Spanish Composers Competition in Madrid (2006, Spain) Monte Carlo Piano Masters (2009, Monte Carlo) Sergei Tarasov is also a laureate of such prestigious music competitions as: International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel-Aviv Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano and others. He studied at the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky and later – at the Moscow Conservatory under prominent teacher Professor Lev Naumov, who considered him as «one of his most «titled» students, the real record-holder in winning awards». In his book «Under the Sign of Neuhaus» Lev Naumov wrote: «I love him so much for his true talent. He is notable for temperamental outbursts of emotions, brilliant skill in his playing, and immense virtuosity. I wish him to give as many concerts as possible – indeed, he has a lot to tell». During his career Sergei Tarasov performed at world’s famous concert halls: the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Moscow International Performing Arts Center, the St.Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia), Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Osaka’s Festival Hall (Japan), the Verdi Hall in Milan (Italy), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), the Saltzburg Mozarteum (Austria), the Gaveau Hall in Paris (France), the Maestranza Hall in Seville (Spain), the Seoul Art Center and Lotte Concert Hall (South Korea) among others. «His hands playing the piano bring one to a state of excitement. Tarasov transforms music into solid gold. His talent is amazing and measured in so many carats» - described the media his concert tour in Mexico. He worked with such conductors as Yury Simonov, Alexander Sladkovsky, Arnold Katz, Vladimir Verbitsky, Mendi Rodan, Hong Jae Kim, Soon Kwak, and soloists - Vadim Repin, Alexander Buzlov, Boris Andrianov, Alisa Margulis, Clara-Jumi Kang and Henri Demarquette and others. Sergei Tarasov has performed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra named after Evgeny Svetlanov, the Russian State Symphony Cinema Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Sergei Tarasov is a participant of famous international music festivals like Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Russian Festival and the Bashmet Festival in Rolandseck (Germany), Osaka Festival (japan), Rimini festival (Italy), Festival International de Piano de La Roque d'Anthéron (France), Festival Ljubljana (Slovenia), Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Croatia), Gstaad Menuhin Festival (Switzerland), the Rubinstein Piano Festival in Lodz (Poland) and others, including those in South Korea. He proceeds his musical career performing regularly in well-known concert halls in Moscow, some other Russian cities, as well as at premier concert venues in Seoul. He participates in different festivals in Russia, South Korea and Europe.