Conductor, composer and pianist Sergey Neller captured the attention of the classical music world as the second prize winner of the 2016 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition hosted by the Bamberg Symphony. He has led such renowned ensembles such as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. He counts among his mentors Neeme Järvi, Valdimir Jurowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle and David Zinman.
Born in Russia, Neller studied composition and piano at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and conducting at the Universität der Künste Berlin. From 2002 to 2006 Neller was the recipient of the renowned Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation Award, during which period he composed his first opera, Tintagiles. In 2010, Neller completed his second opera, Phaedra.
Sergey Neller has also enjoyed considerable success as a pianist, having won international competitions and given concerts throughout Europe, North America and Australia. He has recorded works by Chopin, Medtner, Oborin and Scriabin.