Ilya Yakushev

May Gallery

VPAC Classical Series

Presented in the May Gallery

January 10, 2022 6:00 pm

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Ilya Yakushev


“Mr. Yakushev can do just about anything he wants.” — The New York Times

“An exuberantly outsized performance . . . a winning blend of rapturous lyricism and dramatic flair.” — San Jose Mercury News


ABOUT Ilya Yakushev: Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents. 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 orchestra including the San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and many others.

Ilya appears 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).

In 2014, the British label Nimbus released his CD “Prokofiev Sonatas Vol. 1.” 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.

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 is a Yamaha artist.

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  • Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres included
  • 6pm Reception // 6:45pm Performance
  • This event takes place in the VPAC’s May Gallery Patron’s Lounge


VENUE POLICIES UPDATED AUGUST 20, 2021: Proof of vaccination now required at all performances (ages 12+), CLICK HERE for full complete venue health and safety policies.


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  • In alignment with Eagle County’s Public Health order as of December 22, 2021 masks are now mandatory at all times in the venue unless actively eating or drinking.
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