"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“.
Yvonne Georgiadou, Artistic Director of The Pharos Arts Foundation
A critically acclaimed pianist, Ilya Kondratiev is the prize-winner of several renowned international music competitions, including Franz Liszt Budapest 2011, Franz Liszt Weimar 2011, the Fifth Tbilisi 2013, Brant Birmingham 2015 and Chappell Gold Medal in 2016.
Born in Russia, he studied from the age of seven in Samara with the distinguished teacher Victoria Soifer and, from the age of 16, at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the 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.
Ilya performs extensively as a soloist and chamber music player at venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Gasteig Munich, Weimarhalle, Palacio de Festivales de Santander, the Palace of Arts in Budapest and the Great Hall of the Tbilisi Conservatoire.
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 worked with Dina Yoffe, Konstantin Shcherbakov, Willem Brons, Dmitry Bashkirov, Jerome Rose, Leslie Howard, Lang Lang and Arie Vardi.
His repertoire is mostly based on classical and romantic music, but also includes many contemporary works. Recent performances featured Ilya performing all Beethoven violin sonatas.
In various years Ilya was invited to different festivals such as 'Encuentro' Festival in Santander, Gumusluk Festival in Turkey, Beethoven Music Festival and Academy in Altaussee in Austria and New Millennium festival in Bulgaria.
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. Since autumn 2023 he’s also teaching at the Purcell School for young musicians.