Serguei Letov was born in Semipalatinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan, in 1956 and then lived in Omsk, Siberia, where lives now his brother Egor Letov. S. L resides in Kraskovo, Moscow region since 1979.
First public performance - with Percussion Ensemble of Mark Pekarsky and Mikhail Zhukov in the Moscow House of Artist as a soloist (1982).
1983-1993 - collaboration with Sergei Kuryokhin (duo, combo and big band POP MECHANICS). Concerts all over Soviet Union, Finland, Italy, France, Denmark.
Since 1986 - collaboration with the Gypsy singer Valentina Ponomareva. Duo performed in USSR, Switzerland.
In 1985 S. L. has founded winds ensemble TRI-O (Arcady Shilkloper - French horn, Arcady Kiritchenko - tuba, euphonium, vocal, later - Alexander Alexandrov - bassoon, Youri Parfenov - trumpet, Ivan Volkov - saxophones, clarinet). TRI-O performed at almost all jazz festival in USSR, since 1988 played in Poland, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Lithuania (Vilnius Jazz Festival), Germany, Austria, Italy, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, USA, including such clubs as Knitting FactoryAnyway (New York), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Moods (Zurich), Sud des Alpes (Geneva), Blue Tomato (Vienna).
S. L. is interested in various projects, contacts, new partnerships. Among them - German World music band EMBRYO, Danish band NEW JUNGLE ORCHESTRA (concerts in Denmark, Germany and Russia), Italian composer and bass player Enrico Fazio (concert-performance in Noci Jazz Festival), singer Sainkho, American viola and violin player LaDonna Smith (concerts in USA and Russia), American guitar player and singer Misha Feigin, Lithuanian trombonist Vitautas Pilibavicius, German trombonist and dijeridoo player Heinz-Erich Goedecke.
S. L. participated in happenings and performances of Moscow conceptualists - Collective Actions, later with Andrei Monastyrsky, and TOTART since 1984, with Rea Nikonova since 1995, played at many art exhibitions in the galleries of Moscow, Bremen, Berlin, Smolensk.
S. L performed also with modern poets and writers: Nina Iskrenko, Dmitry Alexandrovich Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Gennady Katsov, Nina Sadur, Andrei Bitov, Anna Alchuk, Vladimir Druk, Tatiana Scherbina, Nikolai Baitov and Svetlana Litvak, Yulia Skorodumova, Konstantin Kedrov, Elena Katsiuba, Liudmila Hodynskaia, Erkki Lappalainen (Finland -Sweden), Marina Kniazeva, Lesya Tyshkovska. In a duo with Alexander Alexandrov he participated in the international festival MILANOPOESIA-91 (Italy).
Since 1984 S. L plays with rock and alternative bands, such as Aquarium, Centr, DK, Alissa, DDT, Vesyolye Kartinki, Doctor, Nochnoi Prospect, Atonal Syndrom, Soft Animals and Ivan Sokolovsky.
Since 1986 S. L. collaborates with Nika Kossenkova, in 1988-1989 worked in Theatre of Improvisation in Moscow, in 1990-1991 in Moscow Creative Workshops (M. Mokeev), in 1989-1992 and then since 1996 in the School of Dramatic Art of Anatoly Vassiliev, in 1991-1992 Centro Sperimentale di Teatro a Roma (Sharoo and Reza Kheradmand), in 1991-1992 with clown company "Licedei-4" in France, Taganka Theatre since 1996, Kinetic Theatre of Sasha Pepelaev since 1997. Collaboration with actors A. Filippenko, A. Petrenko, V. Persik.
Another form of his activities is composing and playing music for cinema (Aleinikov brothers, Savva Kulish, Tatiana Chivikova, Yury Zmorovich a. o.), video, Radio and TV (more than 10 movies).
Serguei Letov represent Russia in European Jazz Network since 1994.
Serguei Letov plays soprano, tenor, baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, flute and alto flute.