“Undoubtedly, Itin is a major
pianist, with an ease about him that makes you want to listen to him
Philadelphia Inquirer [full
"A great master, his style
combines ample technique, maturity, lyric fantasy, and liberty."
"...great charm, finely controlled color and
moments of emotive power."
The Washington Post U.S.A.
"Mr. Itin's sound was lovely and delicate ...
obviously a gifted performer."
New York Times U.S.A.
"Itin is a master: his tone graded to the
tiniest detail and embued with wide expressive range indeed."
The Jerusalem Post Israel
"...pianist Itin illuminated the concerto he
played with unquestionably perfect technique and sensitive
understanding of the art (music)."
Der Tagesspiegel Berlin, Germany
"There was no doubt that Itin was the
outstanding performer, with a wonderful range of colour, a truly
imaginative way with texture and phrasing, and a supreme technical
The Guardian London, England
"IIya Itin, first-prize winner of the Robert
Casadesus Ninth International Piano Competition, played with velvet
touch, beautiful tone, romantic temperament and virtuoso technique
yesterday at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A poet at the keyboard,
Itin molded each musical element with such sensitive nuance and
expressive rubato that he seemed incapable of shaping a prosaic
Itin made Debussy's Estampes into delicious dream music of liquid
lyricism and flowing rhythm. In Chopin's Nocturne in C minor, Op.48
No.1, Itin denied the percussive nature of the piano by making
melodies sing and harmonies melt. In Chopin's Barcarolle in F sharp
major, Op.60, he revealed his mastery of rubato. After the
intermission, Itin turned his attention to Rachmaninoff, a composer
for whom he has a clear affinity. In two preludes from Opus 32 the
pianist sounded as though he had come home to mother Russia after a
long journey through fascinating but foreign musical territory. In
Rachmaninoff's Sonata No.2 Op.36 he unleashed his virtuosity and
brought down the house."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
At the Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin won an a unanimous decision from the jury, sweeping all the
awards and winning the votes of the BBC audience.
Ilya Itin has concertized throughout the United States, the United
Kingdom and Europe. He has played with orchestras such as the
Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., and
the Berlin radio Symphony Orchestra. Itin has performed on the stages
of the Lincoln Center (New York City), the Kennedy Center (Washington,
D.C.), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Salle Pleyel and the Chatelet
Theatre (Paris), among many other distinguished venues. His concerto
appearances with orchestra have included performances with the London
Philharmonic in the Royal Festival Hall, the Tokyo Philharmonic in
Orchard Hall and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic in its Great Hall
in St. Petersburg, Russia. Itin has also played in China, South
America, and Israel. He has toured extensively in England, giving his
BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic and Vassily Sinaisky at the
Royal Albert Hall. He has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra
under both Mikahil Plentnev and Neeme Jarvi. He made his Vienna debut
while on tour with Sir Simon Rattle and the city of Birmingham
Itin was born in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Russia. Prior to
entering the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, he studied a the
Sverdlovsk music Conservatory, from which he was graduated with
Highest Honors. His teacher was Lev Naumov. Ilya Itin has lived in the
United States since 1990 and since 1991 has studied with Yin Cheng
"From the opening measures of Chopin's
Barcarolle. Itin asserted his strong musical ideas. He was not afraid
to take liberties with tempos and phrasing, which lent a certain
maturity to his playing. Rachmaninoff's Sonata No.2 in B flat minor
occupied the second half of the recital and Itin's performance was
cogent and well defined. Pacing in the second movement was
particularly, nice and phrasing was sensitive. The evening's first
encore. Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G. showed Itin's best artistic
features and it was played with lovely technical refinement and
The Washington Post
"Ilya Itin the 24 year-old who won the Casadesus
Piano Competition last year in Cleveland, began his recital bravely on
Friday evening, tackling Beethoven's late Sonata in A flat Op.110. But
he seemed bent on defying the stereotypes of the brawny Russian
pianist and the flashy contestant. Mr ltin's sound was lovely and
delicate and his tempos were relaxed and dreamy. Debussy's Estampes,
too, made for an impressive technical display and some gorgeous
sonorities... Chopin's Nocturne in C minor (Op.48 No.1) elicited an
impassioned, eruptive performance."
The New York Times
"Certainly one of the best artists the Princeton
Chamber Symphony has ever presented, Russian pianist Ilya ltin made
his mark from the very beginning of Grieg's Concerto. This was a
pianist with passion and drama, yet one who maintained the dark
subtlety of the music and found all the tension and release within the
phrases. Indicative of his power over the audience was the absolute
silence in the hall during the cadenza to the first movement."
Town Topics, Princeton N.J.
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