“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)
Audiences throughout the world revere Ilya Itin’s unique artistry. Playing to sold-out houses in Japan and in the US, he is known for his extraordinary range, power, quality of sound and command of the piano. His Princeton recital was singled out by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “top ten musical moment of the year”, and in the New York Times he was described as: “…a brilliantly insightful pianist who offered a
superb recital “.
Since capturing the Gold Medal, BBC Audience Award, and Contemporary Music Prize at the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin has performed throughout the world bringing his powerful musical imagination and mastery to the wide-ranging repertoire. “I’d go hear him play the phonebook,” remarked BBC TV critic Ian Burnside. He 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. The list of orchestras he has performed with includes the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, 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.
Much lauded for his chamber music collaborations with colleagues and friends in the US, Europe, and Asia, his recent performances were in New York, California, and Japan. He has been a regular guest artist with the Jupiter Chamber Players for more than a decade and much sought after as a duo partner in Japan and in the US. Ilya Itin’s numerous chamber music recordings include Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata, Brahms Viola Sonata, Martinu Double Violin Sonata, and Piazzola Spring/Autumn in Buenos Aires, with Igor Gruppmann, violin and Vesna Gruppmann, viola/violin. Mr. Itin has also recorded a full recital with legendary violinist Ida Haendel at the Miami International Piano Festival.
During the 2015-2016 he will be releasing his newest recording of the complete Debussy Preludes on vinyl and high definition audio. His Princeton recital in July 2015 will also be released as a state of the art high definition recording of the live performance. It features beloved works of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Itin’s 2 “Russian Marathon” concerts at the Miami International Piano Festival captured his historic recording of all 24 Preludes of Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev’s 7th and 8th Sonatas performed in one single day. His other recordings include Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Jerusalem Camerata on the JDR label and Prokofiev’s 6th Sonata with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on VAI.
Mr. Itin is a much sought after teacher giving regular master classes in Japan, Russia, Princeton, Miami, and New York. His students include winners of top prizes in international competitions.
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 in 1990 studying there with legendary teacher Lev Naumov. Mr. Itin won his first major piano competition while still a student at the Conservatory, taking second place in the 1990 Russian National Rachmaninov Competition. Soon after, he won top honors in numerous competitions including: the William Kapell Competition, First Prize, and the “Special Chopin Prize” at the Casadesus Competition (Cleveland Competition), and “Best Performance of a Work of Mozart”, “Best Prokofiev Performance”, and Third Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition.
Ilya Itin is on the teaching faculties of the Musashino Academy in Tokyo, the Academy of the Miami International Piano Festival and the Golandsky Institute at Princeton University. He has also taught in the piano department of the Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, and the Graduate Program at CUNY. Ilya Itin resides in Tokyo and New York City where he maintains a private teaching studio.