Russian theatrical figure, intrepreter. He graduated from the law faculty of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Conservatory (a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov). Was fond of painting, theater, history, artistic styles. In 1898 he was one of the organizers of the group “World of art “ and editor (together with A. Benoit ) the magazine (1899-1904).
In 1906-1907 Dyagilev has organized in Paris, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Venice exhibitions of Russian artists, and from 1907 – the annual performances of Russian artists, the so – called ‘Russian seasons abroad ‘. ‘Season ‘ 1907 was called “Historical Russian concerts”, they participated Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Glazunov, Chaliapin. The season of 1908 was a season of Russian Opera. In the ballet repertoire of the first of Diaghilev's “seasons” which lasted until 1913 came “Armida's Pavilion ” Cherepyna , “Sheherezada” Rimsky-Korsakov, “Giselle” by Adan , “Parsley” of Stanislavsky. For this tour the group Diaghilev invited the chief choreographer M. Fokine and a group of leading soloists of Mariinsky and Bolshoi theatres –Anna Pavlova , V. Nijinsky , T. Karsavina, V. Karal and others.
In addition to Paris Dyagilevskaya ballet group performed in London, Rome, Berlin, Monte Carlo, in the cities of America. These performances were not only a triumph of the Russian ballet, but also contributed to the revival of the ballet in several countries of Europe and the emergence of ballet in countries that do not have their own ballet (USA, Latin America etc.).
After the success of the new “seasons” Diaghilev decided in 1911 . to organize the first ballet troupe, which was formed in 1913 and received the name “Russian ballet of Sergey Dyagilev”. The troupe existed before 1929goda .
In the following years 1914 -1917 and 1918-1929 – the repertoire of the Diaghilev's enterprise is changing , there are ballets to the music of composers –modernists .
Diaghilev was a gifted and erudite artist , although he did not participate in the creation of a spectacle . He skillfully carried out the functions of artistic Director. Activities Diaghilev had a huge impact on the development of art in many foreign countries.