A critically acclaimed pianist with varied repertoire, Ilya Kondratiev is the prize-winner of several renowned international music competitions, including Frederyk Chopin Hannover 2011, Franz Liszt Budapest 2011, Franz Liszt Weimar 2011, the Fifth Tbilisi 2013 and
Brant Birmingham 2015. Born in Russia, he studied from the age of seven at the Samara College of Music with Victoria Soifer and, from the age of 16, at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished teacher and People’s Artist of Russia Zinaida Ignatieva. In 2014 he moved to London in order to further his studies at the Royal College of Music under Vanessa Latarche and Sofia Gulyak, graduating with a Master of Performance and an Artist Diploma in Performance. He also won the Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Competition in 2015 and the prestigious Chappell Gold Medalin 2016.
Ilya performs extensively as a soloist and chamber music player at venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Gasteig Munich,
Weimarhalle, Palace of Arts in Budapest,
Palacio de Festivales de Santander, and
the Great Hall of the Tbilisi Conservatoire.
In 2009 he founded a chamber music
ensemble Robert Quintet and won top
prizes at the Sixth Stasys Vainunas
Chamber Music Competition in 2009
and The Premio Vittorio Gui in
Florence in 2011.
In 2011 Ilya was invited to work
with Elisabeth Leonskaya at the
Franz Liszt Piano Academy in
Schilllingfurst, Germany and with
Pavel Gililov at the Eppan Piano
Academy in Italy.
He has also performed in the
masterclasses of Rolf-Dieter
Arens, Dina Yoffe, Konstantin
Shcherbakov, Willem Brons,
Paul Gulda, Dmitry
Bashkirov, Jerome Rose,
Leslie Howard, Lang Lang and
In 2015 and 2017 Ilya was invited to the
“Encuentro” Festival in Santander and in 2016
appeared as a guest artist in the Gumusluk
Festival in Turkey, and the Beethoven Music
Festival and Academy in Altaussee in Austria.
Together with the performing, Ilya is developing
his teaching career and in 2019 he was
appointed piano professor at the
Royal College of Music London.
A recent appearance for the Keyboard
Charitable Trust in Cyprus received an ecstatic
review from Yvonne Georgiadou,
Artistic Director of The Pharos Cultural Centre:
”A revelation!....... Ilya is the most
exceptional of all………Never before did
a pianist keep me locked on my seat,
full of excitement from beginning to end.
He is a fascinating artist. He makes the
piano sound like a full orchestra“.