Pianist Ilya Itin to Perform In Concert

Pianist Ilya Itin, winner of the 1996 Leeds Competition, will perform in concert Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University, Salem. Itin introduces the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series for 2001.

The Russian-born Itin studied at the Sverdlovsk Music School for gifted children with Natalia Litvinova before he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. With Lev Naumov as his teacher, Itin graduated with Highest Honors from the Conservatory. He has been living in New York since 1990.

A pianist who has earned the admiration of conductors, colleagues and the international press, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in the Great Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Itin has appeared with the Philharmonic Orchestra under both Mikhail Pletnev and Neeme Jarvi, and made his Vienna debut while on tour with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has toured extensively in England, giving his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic and Vassily Sinaisky at the Royal Albert Hall.

Of his debut at the Bath festival, the Daily Telegraph wrote, "Poised, pure and ravishing in its range of colour, Itin's playing is a prime example of a superb technique put at the service of an inquiring and imaginative mind."

Itin has played in Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Severance Hall (Cleveland), Salle Pleyel and the Chatelet Theatre (Paris). His concert tours have included engagements in China, South America and Israel.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for area students, seniors and Willamette University faculty and staff, and $3 for Willamette students at Mid-Valley Arts Council, Safeway Fastixx outlets and the Willamette Music Department.

For more information, contact Anita King, 503-370-6452.