International Piano Festival - Russia's Ilya Itin, Piano

Friday July 16
8:00 pm

Ilya Itin


Schubert: Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 (D 894)
Molto moderato e cantabile
Menuetto: Allegro moderato


Rachmaninoff: Selected Preludes from Opp. 3, 23, and 32


"Itin's is a rare and exciting artistry indeed... Poised, pure and ravishing in its range of colour, Itin's playing is a prime example of a superb technique put at the service of an inquiring and imaginative mind." (Daily Telegraph, London)

In 1990 Ilya Itin entered the William Kapell Competition taking top honors in that competition followed by First Prize at the Casadesus Competition and ultimately, in 1996, garnering the Gold Medal, and all top prizes at the Leeds International Piano Competition.

Among the conductors he has since collaborated with are Sir Simon Rattle, Jarvi, Dohnanyi, Kreizberg, Sinaisky, Polyansky, Pletnev, and Noll with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony and the London Philharmonic. Itin has been a much lauded soloist on multiple tours throughout the capitals of Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States.

Ilya Itin's 2009-2010 season has included sold-out recitals throughout the world including appearances at the Marinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, the Miami International Piano Festival, Jupiter Chamber Players, New York, Princeton University, where he has been a featured artist at the Golandsky Institute at Princeton University, giving master classes, teaching, and performing. He has recently toured with the China National Symphony playing Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto, the Bilkent Symphony in Ankarra with Prokofiev's 2nd Piano Concerto, in Mumbai with the Symphony Orchestra of India, playing Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto, and with the Mexico City Philharmonic in Prokofiev 3rd Concerto.

Itin will opened the 2010 Masters Series of the Miami International Piano Festival with an historic set of two solo recitals of Russian piano music featuring an all-Prokofiev program in the afternoon and the 24 Preludes of Rachmaninov the same evening. The recitals will be distributed on the VAI label as a live DVD recording later this year.

Itin's repertoire and artistry is wide ranging. He is equally at home playing music from Bach to Messiaen. When BBC TV music critic Ian Burnside was asked which repertoire of Mr. Itin's he most recommended to his listeners, he replied that it was impossible to choose a single composer. In fact, Burnside said, "...I'd go hear him play the phonebook..." (BBC TV)

Itin's growing set of recordings includes Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with the Jerusalem Camerata on the JDR label, Prokofiev Sixth Sonata, and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" released by VAI. Itin has also issued numerous chamber music recordings including the newly released DVD of Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata and Brahms Viola Sonata with Igor and Vesna Gruppman, as well as a recital with legendary violinist Ida Haendel at the Miami International Piano Festival. "[Itin's playing is] borderline unbelievable in its combined power and accuracy which is achieved with the minimum of physical effort. Remarkable, which all readers should experience at least once..." (International Piano Magazine)

Born in Ekatarinburg, Russia, Ilya's piano study throughout his childhood was guided by Natalia Litvinova. He went on to graduate from the Moscow Conservatory with highest honors, working there with Lev Naumov. It was while attending the conservatory, that Itin won his first major piano competition, taking second place in the Russian National Rachmaninov Competition.

Ilya Itin resides in New York City. He is on the teaching faculties of the Graduate Program at CUNY and the Golandsky Institute in Princeton. He is currently a regular guest teacher in the piano department at The Juilliard School and at Peabody Conservatory. Ilya Itin is a grateful recipient of support from the Patrons of Exceptional Artists.

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