Friday, March 22, 2019 7:00 PM
Sjolund Auditorium, North Medford High School
1900 Keene Way Drive, Medford, OR 97504
Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev will be performing a program which features compositions by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Gershwin as well as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Mr. Yakushev’s performance incorporates a multi-media presentation and is visually and technically spectacular.
Mr. Yakushev has earned many awards and prizes in international piano competitions, beginning at the age of 12, when he won the Young Artists Concerto Competition in his native 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 The Award for Excellence in Performance, presented by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation in Moscow. In 2005, he won the 2005 World Piano Competition which took place in Cincinnati, OH. Most recently, Mr. Yakushev became a recipient of the prestigious Gawon International Music Society’s Award in Seoul, Korea.
Mr. 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.
In recent years, he has been very busy performing at major venues and with prominent orchestras around the world. Highlights of Yakushev’s 2017-18 season included return appearances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, and Reading Symphony, as well as performances with Decatur Symphony and Johnstown Symphony. He also has played recitals in Texas, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York this season. In the 2016-17 season, Ilya Yakushev appeared as piano soloist with the symphony orchestras of New Haven (CT), El Paso (TX), Dubuque (IA), La Crosse (WI), Lake Forest (IL); and Glacier Symphony (MT), in addition to recitals in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Washington.
In past seasons, he has performed in various prestigious venues worldwide, including Glinka Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Victoria Hall (Singapore), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), and Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, Korea). His performances with orchestra include those with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, and many others.
Mr. Yakushev’s prowess with the piano has also been demonstrated on several published recordings. In February 2014, British label Nimbus Records published his CD, Prokofiev Sonatas Vol. 1. 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 published in January 2017, as well as an all-Russian repertoire CD in September 2017.
Ilya Yakushev is a Yamaha artist.