Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ilya received his first award when twelve years old at the Young Artists Concerto Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1997, he received the Mayor of St. Petersburg's Young Talents Award. Several other awards followed. Ilya attended the Rimsky-Korsikov College of Music in St. Petersburg. He then moved to New York City to attend Mannes College of Music where he studied with legendary pianist, Vladimir Feltsman.
Ilya continues to astound and mesmerize audiences on three continents. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and many others. He has performed with several orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Boston Pops.
“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
Ilya Yakushev is a Russian Pianist with extraordinary talent, who has performed to high acclaim on three continents. He has won many awards and achieved many honors, most recently, the prestigious Gawon International Music Society's Award in Seoul, Korea.