Willamette hosts internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Ilya Itin

Internationally acclaimed pianist Ilya Itin will open Willamette University’s Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s final sonata, “Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111,” as well as a selection of preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Tickets range from $10 to $20, with $5 tickets for students with ID.

On Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m., Itin will deliver a lecture on Beethoven’s final sonata. The lecture is free and open to the public. Also on Feb. 15, Itin will present a master class for pianists from 7-9 p.m. Admission to the master class is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

All events will be held in Hudson Hall, within Willamette’s Rogers Music Center. Tickets are available at Travel Salem’s Travel Cafe, located at 181 High St. NE in downtown Salem, or by calling (503) 581-4325.

About Itin

London’s The Telegraph writes "Itin's is a rare and exciting artistry indeed...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."

Born in Ekatarinburg, Russia, Itin has won many international accolades, including first prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition. He has worked with the world’s leading conductors and has collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and China National Symphony. Itin is a much lauded soloist on tours throughout the capitals of Europe, Asia, South America and the United States, opening the 2010 Masters Series of the Miami International Piano Festival with an historic set of two solo recitals of Russian piano music, which is slated for DVD release later this year.

For more information about the series, call the Willamette Music Department at (503) 370-6255.