Sergey Polyanichko was born to a family of musicians. His father is conductor Alexander Polyanichko, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, first prize winner at the Sixth All-Union Conductor Competition. His mother, Elizaveta Polyanichko, is a teacher and a musician.
Sergey went to a special musical school at St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State Conservatory, studying French horn under Professor V. Buyanovsky. He graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory as a French horn player, studying under Professor A. Glukhov. Sergey is also a winner of an international French horn competition. From 1997 to 2007, Sergey played French horn with the Mariinsky Theater.
Sergey graduated from St. Petersburg State Theater Institute and St. Petersburg Television Academy. He has worked as a host on St. Petersburg Channel 5 and TV6 TV channels. He graduated from the “Personnel Reserve” programme at International Management Institute St. Petersburg (IMISP).
During his studies, Sergey took elective courses in opera and symphony conducting at St. Petersburg Conservatory under Professor Ilya Musin. He then completed an internship at the School of Opera and Symphony Conducting, St. Petersburg Conservatory, under Professor Vladislav Chernushenko. Following this, he graduated with honours from Master’s Program in Opera and Symphony Conducting at Rostov State Conservatoire, where he studied under Alexander Polyanichko. Sergey has attended master classes given by conductors Vladimir Ponkin, Jorma Panula and Jan Latham-Koenig.
As assistant conductor, Sergey took part in the production of Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Opera de Monte-Carlo and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa and Eugene Onegin at the Welsh National Opera.
Sergey is a guest conductor at Sinfonia Varsovia (Poland), the Russian National Orchestra, Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan.
In 2006, Sergey founded Horn Orchestra of Russia, which he also heads.
Since 2007, he has been the director of the Russian Horn Centre he founded.
Since 2015, Sergey has been the artistic director of the Russian Centre of Wind Music.