Sergey Kuryokhin

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Sergey Kuryokhin
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Sergey Anatolyevich Kuryokhin

(1954-06-16)June 16, 1954
DiedJuly 9, 1996(1996-07-09) (aged 42)
Resting placeKomarovo Necropolis
Occupation(s)pianist, composer, actor, music producer, experimental artist
SpouseAnastasia Kuryokhina (married 1981)

Sergey Anatolyevich Kuryokhin (Russian: Серге́й Анато́льевич Курёхин, also transliterated as Sergei Kuriokhin, Sergei Kurekhin, Sergueï Kouriokhine, Sergey Kuriokhin, etc.; nicknamed "The Captain";[1] 16 June 1954 – 9 July 1996) was a Russian composer, pianist, music director, experimental artist, film actor and writer, based in St. Petersburg, Russia.[2] Former keyboardist for the rock band Aquarium.


Kuryokhin began his performing career as a piano and keyboard player with a school band in Leningrad. After playing with professional jazz bands, as well as popular rock musicians, Kuryokhin went through several stages in his career and eventually became one of the most recognisable names and faces in Russia during the 1980s and 1990s.[3]

By the end of his life, he had emerged as an avant-garde film composer, performance artist, and film actor. Outside Russia, he is primarily known as a jazz and experimental musician, through his works released since 1981 on UK's Leo Records, as well as his concert tours with Pop-Mechanics. He also contributed to several Aquarium albums, including Triangle [ru], Taboo [ru], and Radio Africa.[3]

His work in film includes starring in and composing music for Two Captains 2 [ru], a comedic pseudo-documentary about World War I, composing the soundtrack to the neo-noir Russian horror film Mister Designer, and playing the lead role in Dude - Water Winner.

Kuryokhin shot to fame after creating one of the first popular media viruses in the Russian media. It was one of his semi-improvised acts of performance art, broadcast live on Russian television in May 1991. As a guest on the popular talk show Fifth Wheel, Kuryokhin provided "proof" that Lenin was a mushroom.[4][5]

During the 1990s, Kuryokhin was a board member of the St. Petersburg City Council for Culture and Tourism. In 1995 Kuryokhin joined the National Bolshevik Party.[6][7]


He died of a rare heart condition, cardiac sarcoma, aged 42 in 1996, and was laid to rest in the Komarovo Cemetery, near the tomb of Anna Akhmatova.


The Saint-Petersburg Annual International Music Festival SKIF (Sergey Kuriokhin International Festival) is named after him. Kuryokhin festivals annually take place in Berlin, Amsterdam, and New York.

In 2004, the Sergey Kuryokhin Foundation and the Kuryokhin Center were founded. The foundation collects information about Kuryokhin and the Center organises events in the spirit of the artist. Both are located in the same building, an old cinema in Saint Petersburg. In 2009, the Sergey Kuryokhin Foundation and the Kuryokhin Center established the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award.[8]


Other works[edit]

  • Music for the stage production of the Chekhov's Chaika (aka The Seagull) (1994)
  • Music for the Russian TV series Anna Karenina (2007)

Also wrote Title Music for entire BBC TV series Comrades 1985 one episode of which featured him and other Leningrad Musicians and his Orchestra Popular mechanics

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ojakäär, Valter (2001). "Kuryokhin, Sergey". In Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-56159-239-5.
  2. ^ "Sergey Kuryokhin - passed 20 years ago away - podcast online". 2 August 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather, Brian Priestley (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Rough Guides. p. 456. ISBN 978-1-843-53256-9. Sergey Kuryokhin.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Irina Prokhorova, Anders Roslund (2013). 1990: Russians Remember a Turning Point. Hachette UK. ISBN 978-0-857-05202-5.
  5. ^ Orens, Geoff. "Sergey Kuryokhin | Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Franz Nicolay (2016). The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar. The New Press. ISBN 978-1-620-97180-2.
  7. ^ Жвания, Дмитрий (July 9, 2012). "Сергей Курёхин: "Национал-большевизм — это свежий ветер и подвижничество"" [Sergey Kuryokhin: “National Bolshevism is a fresh wind and an ascetism”]. Sensus Novus (in Russian). Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sergey Kuryokhin Award". Retrieved 2022-09-26.
  9. ^ Sergey Kuryokhin & David Moss - 2 For Tea, retrieved 2022-10-19

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