Since capturing the Gold Medal, BBC Audience Award, and Contempo- rary Music Prize at the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin has performed throughout the world bringing his powerful musical imagination and mastery to wide ranging repertoire. “I’d go to hear him play the phonebook,” remarked BBC TV critic Ian Burnside.
Ilya Itin has performed with many of the world’s great conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Neemi Jarvi, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yakov Kreizberg, Vassily Sinaisky, Valery Polyansky, and Mikhail Pletnev, with orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Phil- harmonic, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the China National Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of India; the Mexico City Philharmonic; and the Rochester Philharmonic.
Mr. Itin is a sought after teacher giving master classes throughout Asia, and in Princeton, Miami, and New York. His students have garnered top prizes in international competitions, and awards at the most competitive conservatories in the US and Asia.
Born in Yekaterinburg, Russia, his piano studies began at the Sverdlovsk School for the Gifted with Natalia Litvinova. He went on to graduate from the Moscow Conservatory with the highest honors, working with legend- ary teacher Lev Naumov. Mr. Itin won his first major piano competition
as a student at the Conservatory, taking second place in the 1990 Russian National Rachmaninov Competition. Soon after, he won top honors in the William Kapell Competition, followed by First Prize, and the Special Chopin Prize at the Casadesus Competition (Cleveland Competition), and the Best Performance of a Work of Mozart, Best Prokofiev Performance, and Third Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition.
Ilya Itin resides in Tokyo, Japan, and New York City where he is on the teaching faculties of the Musashino Academy, Tokyo, the Academy of the Miami International Piano Festival and the Golandsky Institute.
photo: from artist's website