Semion Skigin was born in St Petersburg and studied at the Leningrad School for
musically gifted children and the Leningrad Conservatory where his teachers were
Professors Savshinsky and Perelman. Later at the same conservatory he attended a
postgraduate course in song accompaniment and chamber music. Since 1972 he has appeared as
a soloist with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1975 Skigin won the Grand Prix at the International Competition for Piano
Accompanists in Rio de Janeiro. From 1978 to 1981 he was Visiting Professor at the Carl
Maria von Weber High School for Music in Dresden. Since that time he has regularly
attended the Dresden Music Festival, appearing as accompanist with, among others, Peter
Schreier. He also gives recitals with Olga Borodina, Olaf Bär, René Pape, Lyubov
Kazarmovskaya and many more.
Since 1990 he has been Professor of Lied Accompaniment at the Hanns Eisler
Musikhochschule in Berlin and gives a permanent class for Lied Interpretation at the
Komische Oper, Berlin. He also gives numerous Lied Interpretation masterclasses at the
leading German conservatories.
In recent seasons Semion Skigin has given recitals with Sergei Leiferkus in the US,
Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Together they have recorded
discs of songs by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Dargomyzhsky and Borodin in addition to the
complete songs of Musorgsky, all for Conifer/BMG.