Ilya Yakushev, a young concert pianist from Russia began his extraordinary performing career after winning the 2005 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began winning awards when he was 12 years old. His first was the Young Artist Concerto Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. He also received the Mayor of St. Petersburg Young Talent Award. Ilya attended the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersburg. He then moved to the United States, and attended the Mannes College of Music in New York City. It was here that he had the privilege of studying with the legendary pianist, Vladimir Feltsman.
Ilya's reputation grew as he astounded and mesmerized audiences on three continents. His many solo performances included Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. His performances with several orchestras, included the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Boston Pops. His public acclaim is well stated below.
“Yakushev, whose playing shares a spiritual quality with his mentor, Vladimir Feltsman, alternated power with a silken touch; his eloquent playing ranged from the cataclysmic to the poetic, with many passages of extreme beauty.” - The Reading Eagle
“It was a compelling and stunning performance that brought the audience to its feet, applauding and shouting. Yakushev acknowledged the ovation with a tender performance of Tchaikovsky's Sentimental Waltz, Opus 51 No. 6”
Joyce Tamer, Telegram and Gazette Reviewer Tuckerman Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts