Ivan Ilić (pianist)

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Ivan Ilić
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American pianist Ivan Ilić
Background information
Born (1978-08-14) August 14, 1978 (age 41)
Palo Alto, California, United States

Ivan Ilić (Serbian Cyrillic: Иван Илић; born August 14, 1978) is a Serbian-American pianist. He lives in Paris.

Early life[edit]

Ilić was born in Palo Alto, in the United States. He attended the University of California, Berkeley in the U.S. where he took degrees in mathematics and music.[1] Ilić also briefly studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before pursuing graduate studies at the Conservatoire de Paris, earning a Premier Prix, and finally at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. His teachers in France included François-René Duchâble, Christian Ivaldi, and Jacques Rouvier.[2]


Ilić performs primarily as a soloist. His recording of Debussy's 24 Préludes was released in October 2008 on the French record label Paraty and won Mezzo TV's Critics' Choice Award in France.[3] The disc was also a Top Five CD of the year by a critic at Fanfare Magazine[4] and a Top Five CD of the Month by the French website Classique News.[5] Ilić rearranged the order of the Préludes on the album, a controversial choice which he defended in several interviews.[6]

Ilić's next album was dedicated to the left-hand Studies on Chopin's Études by Leopold Godowsky.[7] The disc was the Classical CD of the Week of The Daily Telegraph,[8] a Top 5 CD of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Figaro,[9] and a Top 5 CD of Classique News.[10]

Ilić has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, and Ireland's National Concert Hall.[11]


  • Ivan Ilić, pianiste - oeuvres de Brahms, Beethoven et Chopin, Mairie de Paris
  • Elegance and Refinement - Baroque Suites, French Sweets, Magnatune
  • Fugitive Visions - Piano Masterworks by Chopin and Liszt, Magnatune
  • Romantic - Powerful Miniatures by Schumann and Brahms, Magnatune
  • Vitality and Virtuosity - Sonatas by Haydn and Beethoven, Magnatune
  • Transcendental - Transcriptions by Brahms and Godowsky, Magnatune
  • Claude Debussy - Préludes pour piano, Livres 1 et 2, Paraty
  • Leopold Godowsky - 22 Chopin Studies, Paraty[12]
  • The Transcendentalist - Works by Scriabin, Feldman, Cage, and Wollschleger, Heresy Records
  • Ivan Ilić plays Morton Feldman - For Bunita Marcus, Paraty
  • Reicha Rediscovered, Volume 1 - Works by Antoine Reicha, Chandos Records


In 2010 Ilić acted in Luc Plissonneau's short film, Izak's Choice.


  1. ^ John Terauds: "For Ivan Ilić, piano is a way of life", The Toronto Star, February 12th 2009
  2. ^ In-depth interview (in French) on Pianobleu.com, October 2008
  3. ^ Biography on Ivan Ilić's website
  4. ^ Fanfare Magazine 'Want List', Fanfaremag.com, December 2009
  5. ^ Classique News review Archived 2011-12-02 at the Wayback Machine of Debussy CD, ClassiqueNews.com, September 15th 2008
  6. ^ In depth interview Archived 2012-05-29 at Archive.today with Keir Smart, Glasgow, August 2008
  7. ^ Michael Johnson: "A left-handed complement to Chopin: An interview with Ivan Ilić", Clavier Companion, July–August issue 2011
  8. ^ Godowsky: 22 Chopin Studies The Daily Telegraph, February 29th 2012.
  9. ^ Take 5 vom 4. Juni 2012, MDR.de, June 4th 2012.
  10. ^ Classique News review Archived 2013-01-23 at the Wayback Machine of Godowsky CD, ClassiqueNews.com, March 7th 2012
  11. ^ Review of a recital at Ireland's National Concert Hall, The Irish Times, August 3rd 2009
  12. ^ Geoffrey Norris: "Godowsky: 22 Chopin Studies", The Daily Telegraph, February 28th 2012

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