Vladimir Baykov was born in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2001. He was a prize-winner at many international competitions including “Mirjam Helin” (Helsinki, 1999); "Neue Stimmen" (Gütersloh, 1999); "Maria Callas" (Athens, 2001); "Belvedere" (Vienna, 2001); "Queen Sonja" (Oslo, 2003) and "Queen Elizabeth" (Brussels, 2004), amongst others.
One milestone of his career was the role of Boris Godunov at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (2006), alternating with José van Dam. He works regularly at the opera house in Bonn, where he has sung Tscherewik in Mussorgski’s Sorotschinskaya Jarmarka, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust and Tomsky in Pique Dame. He repeated the role of Méphistopélès at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw in Robert Wilson’s highly celebrated production. He has also performed at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, the Aalto Theatre Essen, the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto and the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki.
An early resident contract at the theatre in St. Gallen gave him the opportunity to add roles such as Alidoro, Leporello and Silva (Ernani) to his repertoire. Vladimir has also sung dramatic baritone roles, such as Heerrufer (Lohengrin) in Innsbruck, Donner (Das Rheingold) in Amsterdam and Jochanaan (Salome) in Erfurt. His Surin (Pique Dame) and Varlaam (Boris Godunov) were heard at Teatro Regio in Turin and his Méphistophélès (Faust) at Teatr Wielki in Warszawa.
In 2009 Vladimir made a brilliant role debut as Water Sprite in Rusalka at the Finnish National Opera. In 2012/2013 he debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, where, under the baton of Valery Gergiev, he sang Gunther in Götterdämmerung and covered Wotan and Wanderer. The same year saw his role debuts as Bluebeard in Bluebeard's Castle at the Finnish National Opera and as Donner in Das Rheingold at the Nederlandse Opera. In the season 2013/14 he was engaged as Angelotti, and as cover for Scarpia at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, as well as the title role in Prince Igor at the New Israeli Opera. This role also marked his debut at the English National Opera, London. In January 2014 he returned to Amsterdam for the revival of the Ring and in the summer of 2014 he sang Wotan in Die Walküre at the Tyrolean Festival in Erl.
Since Autumn 2015 Baykov is a member of the Hamburg State Opera ensemble performing Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and Kaspar in Der Freischütz. His most recent guest engagements include Wotan at the Tyrolean Festival in Erl in the summer of 2016 with Gustav Kuhn.