Arseny Shuplyakov was born in Leningrad in 1982. In 2005 he graduated from the St Petersburg State Conservatoire as a percussionist (class of Sergei Antoshkin). Since 2015 he has studied at the conservatoire (faculty of symphony conducting, class of Vladimir Altschuler).
Since 2000 he has appeared with the Mariinsky Orchestra (soloist and leader), and from 2013–2016 he was a solo timpanist. Together with the orchestra under maestro Gergiev he has toured to over thirty countries. Has collaborated with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Krzysztof Penderecki, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Bashmet, Plácido Domingo, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Justus Frantz, Pierre Boulez and Tugan Sokhiev.
Since 2016 he has been a conductor of the Mariinsky Stage Wind Band. As a conductor he has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky New Music Ensemble and the Mariinsky Brass Ensemble. In May 2017 he made his debut as an opera conductor at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre with the world premiere of Vyacheslav Kruglik's opera The Speculator.
In 2005 together with Vladislav Ivanov he formed the Renaissance Percussion ensemble. In 2005 and 2012 with the ensemble he was a prize-winner at the International Rachmaninoff Competition.
Has produced numerous works, transcriptions and arrangements for percussion instruments. In 2001 as part of Sergey Kuryokhin's festival SKIF he appeared with Pierre Moerlen and the group Gong.