Stepan Starikov was born on November 24, 1992, into a family of musicians. He began studying the violin at the age of five under the Honored Art Worker of Russia G. Turchaninova. Since 2007 and till the present day, he has studied in the class of the People’s Artist of Russia Prof. S. Girshenko. In 2011, he graduated with honors from the Central School of Music under the Moscow StateTchaikovsky Conservatory. In 2016, he received a degree from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and since then has continued his education there as a postgraduate. He was six when he first performed in public, and he appeared with a symphony orchestra at the age of ten.
Stepan Starikov won awards at multiple international competitions, such as: the Fourth International Competition of Young Musicians (first prize), 2009, Moscow; the First International Mario Fillioley Violin Competition (first prize), 2011, Italy; the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition (winner of a student grant), 2012, Italy; the Third Leopold Auer International Violin Competition (third prize), 2014, Saint Petersburg; the Sixth International Henri Marteau Violin Competition (third prize), 2017, Germany; the Fifth International Jascha Heifetz Violin Competition (diploma), 2017, Lithuania.
Starikov went on tours to Japan, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, and the USA. He gave performances in many Russian cities, the Great, Small and Rachmaninov Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, Chamber Halls of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre. The musician has worked with the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Hofer Symfoniker (Germany), the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Conservatory Great and Chamber orchestras, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Udmurt Republic, the Yaroslavl Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Chamber Orchestra of Kursk, the «Musica Viva» Chamber Orchestra. He performed with conductors, such as S. Ostapenko, S. Orlov, A. Gershfeld (USA), N. Rogotnev, S. Oselkov, S. Proskurin, V. Valeev, V. Uryupin, M. Leontyev, A. Shurov, E. Grandy (Germany), M. Pitrenas (Lithuania), A. Titov.