Elko Community Concert Association presents:

Ilya Yakushev
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Ilya Yakushev
performing in the Laurena Moren Auditorium,
Elko Convention Center, 700 Moren Way, Elko
at 7:00 pm on Tuesday,
September 25, 2018


Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on multiple continents. Winner of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati in 2005, Ilya received his first award at age 12 at the Young Artists Concerto Competition in St. Petersburg. In 1997 he received the Mayor of St. Petersburg's Young Talents award, and in both 1997 and 1998 he won First Prize at the Donostia Hiria International Piano Competition in San Sebastian, Spain. In 1998, he received a national honor, The Award for Excellence in Performance, presented to him by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation in Moscow. Ilya was a recipient of the prestigious Gawon International Music Society Award in Seoul, Korea.

Ilya attended the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia, and subsequently came to New York City to attend Mannes College of Music where he studied with legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman.

He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), Glinka Philharmonic Hall in his native St. Petersburg, Russia, Victoria Hall (Singapore), and Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, South Korea), among countless others. He has performed with internationally acclaimed orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and many others.

This season, Ilya will appear as piano soloist with the symphony orchestras of New Haven, El Paso, Dubuque, La Crosse, Lake Forest, and the Glacier Symphony. He performed at several prestigious summer music festivals in 2016, including Maverick Concerts (NY), Bellingham Festival of Music (WA), Summer Music from Greensboro (VT), and International Keyboard Institute & Festival (New York City), and played recitals in Worcester, MA and Lee University (Cleveland, TN).

Highlights of Yakushev's 2015-16 season included a return engagement with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, as well as performances with the Reading and Fairfield County Symphonies. He also played recitals in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, and New York. In 2014, the British label Nimbus released his CD "Prokofiev Sonatas Vol. 1," to which the American Record Guide wrote: "Yakushev is one of the very best young pianists before the public today, and it doesn't seem to matter what repertoire he plays - it is all of the highest caliber." Volume 2 was released in January 2017.

Top 10 Classical Music Events Of The Year "The young Russian pianist made an astounding triple debut as part of the San Francisco Symphony's Prokofiev Festival, playing the First Concerto, the Fourth Concerto and the Seventh Sonata with vigor and virtuosity."-San Francisco Chronicle

"An exuberantly outsized performance . . . a winning blend of rapturous lyricism and dramatic flair."-San Jose Mercury News

"Musical pyrotechnics reached stratospheric heights [in] Mendelssohn's hyper-virtuosic Piano Concerto No.1 . . . Ilya Yakushev generated clouds of notes at a stunning rate, yet each run, cascade, torrent seemed perfectly articulated . . . everything leaned forward to the madcap sprint in the final movement with Yakushev fire-walking up and down the keyboard and ultimately yanking the audience to a standing, cheering ovation."-The Telegram, Worcester, MA