Sergei Stadler was born 1962, Leningrad, in a musi¬cians’ family. His early manifested musical gift induced his parents to teach him first the piano, then the violin. He soon went to the Leningrad Conservatoire music school, the class of B. Sergeyev, former pupil of M. Polyakin. Important for the young violinist was his acqua¬intance with the remarkable musician and teacher M. Veiman whose influence is highly valued by Sfadler.
While still at school Stadler won the international „Concertino-Prague” competition, also became laureate of the Paris J. Thibaud and Helsinki J. Sibelius competitions.
1982 saw the Leningrad Conservatoire second-year student win the gold medal at the Moscow P. Tchai¬kovsky competition. His teachers at the time were B. Gutnikov, then the outstanding Soviet violinist L. Kogan.
At present Stadler is teaching at the Leningrad Conservatoire simultaneously taking a post-graduate course with V. Tretyakov in Moscow.
The violinist’s achievement in performing art has me¬rited the Lenin Young Communist League prize.
Having early started his concert activity Stadler now impresses his listeners by his virtuoso scale, remarkable artistism and depth of interpretation. His tours of the Soviet and foreign cities with solo programmes and with the leading symphonic orchestras are invariably marked with success.
The violinist commands a huge repertoire: all the violin works of Bach, including the Six Sonatas and Par¬titas solo, prepared for Bach’s 300th anniversary; a cycle of Russian violin concertos; concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Beriot, Vieuxtemps, Spohr, Bruch; cycles of Spanish, Italian, Viennese violin music; so¬natas by Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann; a cycle of Mozart’s sonatas performed with his sister, the pianist Julia Stadler, in Leningrad, Moscow, Vilnius.
The violinist gives great attention to Soviet music: he was the first performer of some works by V. Salma-nov, S. Slonimsky, B. Tishchenko and a number of compositions dedicated to him.
For Niccolo Pagan! ni’s 200th anniversary Sergei Stadler prepared several programmes, central to which was the performance of all the 24 Caprices for Violin Solo, in one evening. That programme was given in Moscow, Leningrad, other cities and abroad with the highest acclaim of the international press.
„Sergei Stadler’s programme (the Moscow Conser¬vatoire Grand Hall, the „Russian Winter” festival) showed the young violinist’s unusual pluck — all Paganini’s 24 Caprices are no joke! The precedents were few: L. Kogan, V. Pikaisen, R. Ricci, Appraising the Caprices’ performance one can safely state: the artist executed his plan on a highest professional level. The steady intonation, the impeccable technique, particu¬larly the brilliant always energetic staccato, the fine finish of the swift touch — all was equally attractive in the Caprices” („The Soviet Music” journal).
„Amazing that the 20-year-old Soviet virtuoso perfor¬med all the 24 Caprices in one evening with the utmost facility and brilliance, thrilling the public with an ‘enco¬re’ of the most difficult „Variations on a Theme of Paisiello’ ” (Greece).
„Sergei Stadler succeeded in divining the wealth of poetry, the sea of passion, the depth of feeling contained in great Paganini’s music” („The Soviet Culture” journal). The 24 Caprices and „Variations on a Theme of Paisiello” by N. Paganini have been recorded as performed by Sergei Stadler on a violin of Antonio Stradivari’s make.