Pavel Yakovlev was born on April 12th 1989 in Saint Petersburg. He started studying music at the age of four years. From 2002 until 2007 he studied at the Secondary Specialized Music School-Lyceum of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 2007 he won the 1st prize at the V. A. Gavrilin Youth Composing Competition. In the same year he finished the Lyceum and entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory at the faculty of composing (A. D. Mnatsakanyan's class) and graduated from it with honours in 2012.

 Pavel Yakovlev's music is a reflection on the great versatility of the world and human life, the search for eternal values and the comprehension of their essence. Philosophical and religious ideas, also Russian and German art, have always been sources of inspiration for the composer. Yakovlev's works are created in different genres: symphony, concerto, and various chamber ensembles.