Ivan Ilić (pianist)
American pianist Ivan Ilić
|Born||August 14, 1978|
Palo Alto, California, United States
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. 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.
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. The disc was also a Top Five CD of the year by a critic at Fanfare Magazine and a Top Five CD of the Month by the French website Classique News. Ilić rearranged the order of the Préludes on the album, a controversial choice which he defended in several interviews.
Ilić's next album was dedicated to the left-hand Studies on Chopin's Études by Leopold Godowsky. The disc was the Classical CD of the Week of The Daily Telegraph, a Top 5 CD of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Figaro, and a Top 5 CD of Classique News.
- 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
- 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.
- John Terauds: "For Ivan Ilić, piano is a way of life", The Toronto Star, February 12th 2009
- In-depth interview (in French) on Pianobleu.com, October 2008
- Biography on Ivan Ilić's website
- Fanfare Magazine 'Want List', Fanfaremag.com, December 2009
- Classique News review Archived 2011-12-02 at the Wayback Machine of Debussy CD, ClassiqueNews.com, September 15th 2008
- In depth interview Archived 2012-05-29 at Archive.today with Keir Smart, Glasgow, August 2008
- Michael Johnson: "A left-handed complement to Chopin: An interview with Ivan Ilić", Clavier Companion, July–August issue 2011
- Godowsky: 22 Chopin Studies The Daily Telegraph, February 29th 2012.
- Take 5 vom 4. Juni 2012, MDR.de, June 4th 2012.
- Classique News review Archived 2013-01-23 at the Wayback Machine of Godowsky CD, ClassiqueNews.com, March 7th 2012
- Review of a recital at Ireland's National Concert Hall, The Irish Times, August 3rd 2009
- Geoffrey Norris: "Godowsky: 22 Chopin Studies", The Daily Telegraph, February 28th 2012
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