Born in Kazan (Tatarstan, Russian Federation), Roustem Saitkoulov enjoys the great Russian School of piano : he entered the Kazan Conservatory at the age of 6, later he went on to study with Elisso Virsaladze at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he received his Soloist’s Diploma. He furthered his studies at the Munich Music High School.
He is the prizewinner at numerous international competitions : Busoni Competition, Bolzano, Italy; UNISA (University of South Africa) Competition, Pretoria; Concours Géza Andà, Zurich, Switzerland; Marguerite Long Competition, Paris; First Prize in the Rome Piano Competition. Grand Prix of the Montecarlo World Piano-Masters;
Roustem Saitkoulov is frequently performing with world’s renown orchestras, such as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, RAI Symphony Orchestra Torino, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, St-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo New City Orchestra and Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
His concerts and recitals take him all over the world: to Russia (International House of Music, Moscow and Philharmonia Hall of St Petersburg), China (NCPA Beijing and Guangzhou Opera House), Japan (Great Hall of the Metropolitan Art Space and Osaka Symphony Hall), Chile (Frutillar), Argentina (Teatro Colón and CCNK), Mexico (Palacio de Bellas Artes), Australia (Sydney Opera House), the United States, Canada, South Africa and throughout many of the most important venues in Europe.
He is invited in world’s leading festivals including Montreux, La Roque d’Anthéron, Yokohama, Bologna, Merano, Brescia-Bergamo, Edinburgh, Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse, France), Festival de Radio France-Montpellier, Menton or Printemps des Arts de Montecarlo.
His music is subsequently broadcast on France Musique, Radio Classique, DRS 2 (Switzerland), NDR Kultur (Germany) as well as on television programs, in France (France 2, France 3 and Mezzo) and on the international European channel 3 SAT.
He records several solo piano CD albums for EMI Classics and Dinemec Classics. In 2012, Master Chord Records releases with him the two Chopin Piano Concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Grzegorz Nowak. In 2014, IndéSens label issues his recording of the Piano Concerto n°1 by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Furthermore, Roustem Saitkoulov is a regular partner of Maxim Vengerov.