Sergei is a guitar player, improviser, composer, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. He began to hone his craft through a combination of private lessons and self-study, and later completed a Master in Guitar Certificate at the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts, where he was awarded a Berklee Online Celebrity Scholarship in the name of Steve Vai. His principal teachers were the professors Rick Peckham, Bruce Saunders, Michael Williams, Tim Miller, Scotty Johnson and Joe Musella. Recently, Sergei became a Berklee mentor.
Sergei has toured across Eastern Europe and Russia with the rock band of Russian celebrity Vadim Kurylev – Electric Guerillas. He has also gigged and performed at festivals with his own prog rock band, ScreamDriver, as well as writing and arranging the instrument parts for all the original songs on their album ‘A Turn in the Right Direction’.
Awarded a Berklee Online Celebrity Scholarship in the name of Steve Vai, Sergei is now a Berklee mentor.
Having a wealth of knowledge as a tutor, he taught Guitar Performance Techniques at BIMM (British Irish Modern Music Institute) in Berlin, Germany, while earning a Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Certificate. With over 12 years of teaching experience, Sergei has orchestrated a guitar school, taught many Masterclasses, and currently runs a video blog and guitar website dedicated to guitar performance.
Sergei is currently the leader of Los Angeles jazz quartet Deuces Wild Jazz. Known for his electrifying guitar sounds, charismatic live performances, and trademark fusion of musical influences, Sergei continues to explore electric guitar horizons while defying standardization.