Ilya Itin – Piano


Thu, 2. Apr. 2020 - 8:00 pm,
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin Dahlem
Piano Recital

Ilya Itin – Piano


Clair de Lune”, from Suite Bergamasque (No. 3)

Préludes. Book II

Deux Arabesques

Préludes, Book I


1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being in tune with oneself

2. if you could time travel, where (rather “when”) would you like to go? The beginning: want to see how it all started.

3. What is your definition of love? Eternal engine

4. What have been the greatest challenges for you ? Everything becomes a challenge and a reward when done with utmost dedication.

5. Name a poet, author, painter and composer that you especially like? Vladimir Nabokov

6. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? An invisible particle

7. Which composer or artist of the past would you like to invite for dinner? No dinner invitations

8. What is your most treasured possession? I don’t value my possessions

9. What piece changed your life? First tune I ever heard .

10. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being out of tune with oneself

11. Who are your heroes in real life? “One shall not make for oneself an idol“ or a hero

12. What is your motto? Live and let others live


“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, Europe and the US, he is sought out by fellow pianists and audiences alike for his extraordinary range, power, quality of sound and command of the piano. His performances continue to be singled out by the press in his solo recitals: “top 10 musical moment of the year” the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the NYT  “…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 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 performing as soloist with orchestras, including 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, he performs regularly in New York with the Jupiter Chamber Players, in Santa Monica, California and throughout Japan with distinguished string players in quartets, trios, and duo concerts.  He has made numerous recordings of chamber music, including Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata, Brahms Viola Sonata, Martinu Double Violin Sonata, and Piazzola Spring/Autumn in Buenos Aires, with Igor and Vesna Gruppmann, violins and a full recital with legendary violinist Ida Haendel .

In 2020 he will be releasing his newest recording of the complete Debussy Preludes on vinyl and high definition audio, a performance that elicited the comment: “I don’t think I shall hear a greater performance of Debussy in my life.” ~ Zsolt Bognar.  His Princeton recital of Rachmaninov and Scriabin will be released as a live recording this year. Itin has an archive of special projects including a “Russian Marathon” at the Miami International Piano Festival in which he performed and recorded, in one day, the 24 Preludes of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev’s 7th and 8th Piano Sonatas and a post-performance interview about the experience. Other recordings include Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Jerusalem Camerata on the JDR label, and Prokofiev’s 6th Sonata  Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on VAI.

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 working with legendary teacher Lev Naumov. In 1990, Mr. Itin was awarded second place at the Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow. 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 received awards of Best Performance of a Work of Mozart, Best Prokofiev Performance, and Third Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition as he came down with a severe case of the chicken pox.

Itin’s current concert seasons have included performances at the London Piano Festival, the Miami International Piano Festival, solo recitals in Turkey, Mexico, Italy, Russia, and a solo tour of Asia in Tokyo, Sapporo, Nara, Osaka, Nagoya, Kagoshima, and Shanghai and duo recitals in Rotterdam, and with orchestra in Romania, Spring 2020. In September 2019, he appeared as featured artist on the award-winning video series “Living the Classical Life”.

Itin continues to balance his performing and teaching career with appointments on the piano faculties of the Musashino Academy, Tokyo, the Academy of the Miami International Piano Festival, the Golandsky Institute at Princeton University, and in master classes in Turkey, Princeton, Miami, Toronto, Russia, New York, and throughout Japan. His students include winners of top international competitions, conservatory concerto competitions and special awards at the most competitive piano departments in the US and Japan. Ilya Itin resides in New York and Tokyo.