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Ilya Yakushev

Yakushev_Ilya_20_web.jpgRussian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2007 with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, performing Prokofiev’s First and Fourth Piano Concertos.  

The highlights of his 2011–12 season included return appearances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Larry Rachleff and with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Keith Lockhart. He also performed with the Cheyenne Symphony and William Intriligator, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Sewell, Edmonton Symphony and Mei-Ann Chen, Wichita Symphony and Daniel Hege, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Andrew Constantine, as well as Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart at the Tanglewood Festival in August 2012. This season includes appearances with the El Paso Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.  His last RPO appearance was in July 2011.

Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition which took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, Yakushev received his first award at age 12 as a prizewinner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition in his native St. Petersburg. He has released two CDs on IY-Records label: Prokofiev by Yakushev and Bach Partitas No. 1, 2, & 3. 

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

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