Semion Skigin was born in Leningrad (now again Saint Petersburg). He studied at the Leningrad State Conservatory. In 1972, he appeared as soloist with the Leningrad Philharmonic, and three years later, he won the first prize at an international competition for piano accompanists in Rio de Janeiro. His expertise as a song accompanist is documented on countless CDs, of which the series “Great Edition of Russian Songs” (with complete songs by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Glinka) is particularly noteworthy. This series was awarded the Gramophone Award in 1995 and the Cannes Award in 1996. From 1978 to 1981, he was a guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. Since 1990, he has been Professor of song accompaniment at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He regularly gives master classes at leading conservatories in Germany, Netherlands, and in the USA. Semion Skigin appears nowadays in all the great concert halls of the world, accompanying prominent singers, such as Olaf Bär, Cheryl Studer, Robert Holl, Olga Borodina, and Sergei Leiferkus. Skigin is an Artistic Director of the music festival of Theaterkahn in Dresden, as well as Vice President and Artistic Director of the Berlin Salon.