Ilya Rashkovskiy

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Contestant 16 No one deserves the “wonder child” tag more than Russia’s Ilya Rashkovskiy. Studying piano from the age of 5, composing at 6 and performing with an orchestra from the age of 8. And at the age of 27, he still leaves his audiences speechless.

Born in Irkutsk, Ilya went on to study at the Novosibirsk Special Music School with Mary Lebenzon from 1993 to 2000. He then spent 9 years at Hochschule für Musik und Theater with Vladimir Krainev, before leaving for Paris and l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique with Marian Rybicki.

Ilya is no newcomer to piano competition, having won Vladimir Krainev International Pianists Competition (1998), the Valsesia-Musica (2004), Jaen and Hong Kong International Competitions (2005). He is also laureate of the 2001 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition (2nd Prize), the 2010 Orleans international Competition (special prize “Samson François”) and the 2010 Vianna da Motta Competition (2nd prize), to mention a few.

Ilya Rashkovskiy has performed in several important concert venues in Europe, Japan and Russia, including the Bolshoy Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Pleyel, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

He has collaborated as a soloist with the Russian State Symphony, the Kiev National Philarmonic, the Orchestre National de Radio France, the Czech National Symphony and the New Japan Symphony.

He recorded the Seasons and Sonata in c-sharp minor by Tchaikovsky on Naxos Label (2008) as well as Fantasies (Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Scriabin) on Alpha Omega Hong Kong (2009).

Here’s a clip of Rashkovskiy playing Brahms’ Paganini Variations 1.

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