Alexander Krylov (Alessandro Crillovi), often referred to as Russian Stradivarius, was an outstanding Russian violin maker, the first Russian luthier to have graduated from the Cremona Academy with the Gold medal. The family moved to Cremona in 1987 where he built exquisite instruments highly praised by the musicians and collectors alike and taught many fine makers.
Sergej Krylov was often a “test pilot” for his father’s new creations and since 1994 he frequently plays worldwide the violin built specially for him.
“I remember my violin since it was a piece of wood, I watched it being made. The minute I held it in my hands I knew it was my instrument – it was a very special, unique feeling.”
Performing Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Offertorium” is always an intense spiritual experience. For the first time Sergej Krylov performed it at the invitation of the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The composer herself attended the rehearsals and the concert.
In 2021 Sergej Krylov gave the first performance of the “Offertorium” at the composer’s home town of Kazan at the X Sofia Gubaidulina’s International Festival of Contemporary Music “Concordia” with Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra conducted by V. Uryupin.
Mstislav Rostropovich, with whom the young violinist often performed in joint programs, had a great influence on the musician’s work.
At the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich’s daughter Olga Sergej Krylov took part in the memorial week to celebrate the great Maestro.