Viktor Tretjakov was born in 1946 in Krasnojarsk, Siberia, in a family of army musicians. He initiated his studies in Irkutsk and then studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under Yuri Jankelevitch. In 1966 he was awarded the First Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. At the end of the 1960’s, Viktor Tretjakov performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Rudolf Kempe appointed him as head of the Münchner Philharmoniker. He has since performed across the world with leading orchestras such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan and the orchestras of Philadelphia, Cleveland, Toronto and Saint-Petersburg. He has collaborated with conductors of great renown: L. Maazel, Z. Mehta, K. Penderecki, A. Previn, V. Gergiev and M. Jansons. Viktor Tretjakov also plays chamber music and has performed with the likes of Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Yuri Bashmet and Natalia Gutman. It is with these two last artists, as well as with Vassily Lobanov, that he is touring as a quartet with piano in 2005. Viktor Tretjakov is a professor at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. He has recorded numerous CDs.