Born in 1975 to a musical family Denis Lupachev studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and then in Paris at the CNSM with Alain Marion, receiving first prize for flute on his graduation. He did his post-graduate studies in Munich at the Hochschule fur Musik with Andras Adorjan. He has been co-principal of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra at the Kirov Opera since 1998.
Lupachev’s awards and prizes include: first prize at the International Festival Virtuosi 2000 in 1993, special jury prize at the Kobe International Flute Competition (Japan) in 1997, and first prize at the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy) in 1999.
Lupachev has performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Vladikavkaz Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Camerata and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev and Tugan Sokhiev. In 2002, he performed at the ‘Stars of the White Nights’ Festival under Gianandrea Noseda. He has given many recitals and chamber music concerts in Europe, Japan and the US, including appearances at the Saimaa Music Festival (Finland) in 2002, Musicare in Reggio Emilia (Italy) in 2001, the Leonardo De Lorenzo Festival in Viggiano (Italy) in 2000, and at the Musical Olympus in St. Petersburg (Russia) in 2000.
Since 1998 Lupachev has led and performed widely with the Mariinsky Chamber Soloists ensemble. The ensemble has recorded two CDs on which Lupachev acted as producer, soloist and leader. Since 2004 Lupachev has taught at the St Petersburg State Conservatory and has given masterclasses in Russia and Italy.