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Sergej Gratchev was born in 1970 in Ivanovo, Russia. From the age of eight, he studied at a music school and seven years later entered a music college. In 1994 Sergej graduated from the renowned Saratov State Conservatory with highest honors. During the course of his studies he won prizes in several music competitions:

1988 First folk instrument competition in Pensa, Russia

1989 Second folk instrument competition in N. Novgorod, Russia

1992 First Russian bell ringing competition

Sergej currently studies with Jo Haazen at the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen, Belgium. In 1998 he was a finalist in the Fourth Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition.

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