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Ilya Yakushev

Saturday January 22nd, 2022 • 1pm

Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct, Occidental, CA 95465

Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Beethoven

You may have caught Mr. Yakushev’s extraordinary concert he recorded for Redwood Arts presented over Zoom on May 16, 2020, and his lively interaction with our audience at 3 am in St Petersburg.  Now we are fortunate to present him live at the Occidental Center for the Arts on January 22 at 1:00 pm.  He will present a program including works by Haydn: Sonata in D Major, Scriabin: Prelude for the Left Hand in C# minor, Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B flat Major, Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No.5, Alla marcia  and Beethoven: “Tempest” Sonata.

Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev has many awards and honors to his credit including winning the 2005 World Piano Competition.  He continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents. In the 2018-19 season, Ilya Yakushev performed as piano soloist with Edmonton Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Zacatecas Symphony, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in addition to over 50 recitals in North America and Europe.  Most recently, Mr. Yakushev became a recipient of the prestigious Gawon International Music Society’s Award in Seoul, Korea

Highlights of Yakushev’s 2019–20 season include return appearances with Millikin-Decatur Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Fairfield County Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Zacatecas Symphony, and Hunterdon Symphony. He will also play recitals in the US and Russia.

In February 2014, British label Nimbus Records published “Prokofiev Sonatas Vol. 1” CD. 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.

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, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, and many others.

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.

Visit his website: http://www.ilyayakushev.com/