Roustem Saïtkoulov was born in Kazan (Russia). He started playing the piano at the age of four and entered the Kazan Conservatory junior classes when he was six years old. He went on to study with Elisso Virsaladze at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he received a Diploma in Solo Piano Performance, and furthered his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich, where he received his Masters degree.
He is a prizewinner at numerous international competitions: Grand Prix of the Montecarlo World Piano-Masters, presented to him by the late Prince Rainier III of Monaco; F. 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.
Roustem Saïtkoulov performs frequently 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 recitals take him all over the world: to Russia, China, Japan, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, the United States, Canada, South Africa, and through Europe.
He has taken part in many music festivals throughout Europe including Montreux Festival, International Festival of Piano in La Roque d’Anthéron (France), Bologna Festival, Festival Brescia-Bergamo, Merano Festival, Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse, France), Festival de Radio France-Montpellier, Printemps des Arts de Montecarlo and Menton Festival.
He has given many concerts for subsequent radio broadcasts: France Musique, Radio Classique, DRS 2 (Switzerland), NDR Kultur (Germany). He frequently appears on television programs devoted to classical music: France 2, France 5 and Mezzo in France, and the international European channel 3SAT.
He does many CD recordings, which include albums released by EMI Classics and Dinemec Classics. More recently Master Chord Records has released his recording of the two Piano Concertos of Chopin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and IndéSENS label has issued his recording of the Piano Concerto No.1 by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Roustem Saïtkoulov has an important activity in chamber music. He is a regular partner of the violinist Maxim Vengerov and performs with such artists as Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Pierre Amoyal, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Olivier Charlier, Xavier Phillips, Laurent Korcia, Svetlin Roussev, François Salque, Mayuko Kamio and Sayaka Shoji.