Ilya Yakushev: Beethoven, Liszt, Gershwin
Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Adult: $35, $45, $55
Beethoven Piano Sonatas No. 14 “Moonlight” & No. 23 “Appassionata”
Liszt Vallée d’Obermann from Années de pèlerinage
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)
In the 2017-2018 season, Ilya Yakushev appeared as piano soloist with Millikin-Decatur Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Reading Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, in addition to recitals in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Louisiana.
Highlights of Yakushev’s 2018-2019 season include return appearances with Edmonton Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Zacatecas Symphony, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He will also play over 40 recitals in the US and Europe.
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.
Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition which took place in Cincinnati, OH, Mr. Yakushev received his first award at age 12 as a prizewinner of 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 a national honor, The Award for Excellence in Performance, presented to him by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation in Moscow. 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.
Ilya Yakushev is a Yamaha artist.
When pianist Ilya Yakushev last visited Worcester in 2014, this reviewer wrote that he played with “crystalline tone, dazzling technique and sensitive musicality.” Happily, these same descriptions are still appropriate, as evidenced by his brilliant performance … in Tuckerman Hall.