Sergei Roldugin – former inhabitant of Riga and graduate of Emila Darzina Music School, was born in 1951. He started to learn piano at the age of five, but cello – at the age of eight. Sergei Roldugin graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatoire having studied cello under Professor Nikitin. As a student he joined the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Philharmonic Society, Honoured Ensemble of Russia, under Yevgeny Mravinsky. In 1980 he won the bronze medal and third prize at the Prague Spring International Competition. In 1984 he became the first soloist and leader of the cello section in the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. He has been Rector of St Petersburg Conservatoire.
He gives concerts in towns and has participated in festivals throughout Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Great Britain, Norway, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Japan. As a soloist, Sergei Roldugin has worked with many outstanding conductors of the present age, including Mariss Jansons, Saulius Sondeckis, Juozas Domarkas, Alexander Lazarev, Valery Gergiev and Martyn Brabbins among many others.
Since the 2004–2005 season Sergei Roldugin has been a Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre. Since 2006, Sergei Roldugin has been Artistic Director of the St Petersburg House of Music, which was established, on his initiative. Currently Sergei Roldugin is a Professor at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. He gives master classes in Weikersheim, Germany and Savonlinna, Finland.