He was trained under Grigory Ginsburg at the Moscow Conservatory. Dorensky was awarded a gold medal at the 5th World Festival of Youth and Students and the 1957 Rio de Janeiro Competition's 2nd prize, which allowed him to perform throughout Western Europe and America.
That same year he was appointed a teacher at the Moscow Conservatory, where he held a professorship from 1978 until 1997. He was named a People's Artist of Russia in 1989, and was decorated with the Order of Friendship eight years later. He was the Russian Fryderyk Chopin and Sergey Rachmaninov Societies' vice-president.
- Cincinnati's World Piano Competition
- Viotti Competition
- Moscow Conservatory
- Sergei Dorensky discography at Discogs
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