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Prize-winning pianist Rustem Kudoyarov was born in 1970 in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, and began playing piano when he was six. He graduated from the Kazan State Conservatory (class of Natalia Fomina) in 1993 and completed his postgraduate degree in 1996 at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, studying with Nikolai Petrov.
He lives in Moscow, and regularly appears on the international concert stage. His large solo piano, chamber and concerto repertoire ranges from Scarlatti and Bach to modern composers such as Richard Dubugnon.
Since 2001 he has been a piano professor at the Moscow State Conservatoire, and he gives masterclasses in Russia and abroad.