Ivan Yanakov (pianist)

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Ivan Yanakov
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Yanakov in concert, 2015
Ivan Yanakov (Иван Янъков in Bulgarian)

Notable work
Works by Liszt

Ivan Yanakov is a Bulgarian-born pianist and conductor. He has performed on four continents, with a repertoire ranging from the Baroque era to contemporary.


A pianist and conductor, Yanakov has performed in over 30 countries in Europe, Australia, Asia[1] and North America. As a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra soloist, he has appeared in venues that include the Carnegie Hall Recital Hall in New York, Cadogan Hall in London,[2] Sydney Town Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall, Sapporo Concert Hall, Okinawa Convention Center, Hong Kong City Hall,[3] Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and others.[4] He is a frequent guest of international music festivals.

Born in Sofia, Yanakov earned his Bachelor's and master's degrees from New York's Mannes College of Music in New York. He was awarded the Artists International Debut Series Prize at Carnegie Hall. He was also a full-scholarship fellow at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

In London, he founded the London Chamber Players,[5][6] a chamber orchestra composed of young professionals. Yanakov made his conducting debut with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.[7]

The artist has appeared on television and radio broadcasts in Asia, North America and Europe.[8] Hong Kong's RTHK TV show, “The Works”, broadcast an interview and performance with the artist,[9] as did RTHK's Radio 4 station.[10] Other broadcasting highlights include Live from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Today, he is often invited to give master classes at major universities, most recently at the Birmingham Conservatoire[11] and Hong Kong Baptist University.[12] Yanakov regularly adjudicates piano competitions throughout Asia and Europe, and is a jury member of the Ernest Bloch International Competition at the Royal College of Music in London. He is the chairman of the jury at the first Russian Piano Music International Competition in Sanremo, Italy (September 2019).[13] Back in Bulgaria, Yanakov has been a soloist with major orchestras, including Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Classic FM Orchestra, and others.

One of Yanakov's projects include The Four Pianists, an ensemble of two classical and two jazz pianists. They have performed four times in Bulgaria in front of 4,000-strong audiences. In 2016, Yanakov, the Four Pianists and the London Chamber Players played at London's Cadogan Hall, alongside Theodosii Spassov.[14]

In 2018 the artist made his Australian debut with a recital in Sydney.[15]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Piano concert by established musicians - Shenzhen Daily". www.szdaily.com.
  2. ^ "Bulgarian Gala Concert Staged at London". www.bta.bg.
  3. ^ "RTHK Radio 3 Morning Brew - Robbie McRobbie – Rugby / Martin Williams – The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong Hiking Guidebook / Ivan Yanakov – Bulgarian pianist / JC Viens – Wine expert". www.rthk.hk.
  4. ^ "Ivan Yanakov performing in Japan" (PDF).
  5. ^ "London Chamber Players | in London". Time Out London.
  6. ^ "London Chamber Players / Ivan Yanakov - InstantEncore". www.instantencore.com.
  7. ^ "The Bulgarian presence in the Czech National Symphony Orchestra" (PDF). www.bgklub.cz.
  8. ^ "Ivan Yanukov's international career as pianist and conductor". www.bnr.bg.
  9. ^ "Podcast One: The Works - Photographer Ho Fan, Sophie Calle and Makato Aida double solo at Perrotin, Gill Rocca's landscape pa" – via podcasts.rthk.hk.
  10. ^ "RTHK Radio 4 - Fine Music Magazine (page 55)" (PDF). www.rthk.hk.
  11. ^ "Piano - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire". www.bcu.ac.uk.
  12. ^ "Seminars and Master Classes | HKBU Department of Music".
  13. ^ "Ivan Yanakov (Chairman – Bulgaria) – RPM Sanremo".
  14. ^ "Bulgarian and British musicians in joint concert in London's Cadogan hall". www.bnr.bg.
  15. ^ "Ivan Yanakov Australia Tour 2018". allevents.in.
  16. ^ "Beethoven: Pathétique Moonlight Appassionata by Ivan Yanakov" – via music.apple.com.
  17. ^ "Beethoven: Pathétique Moonlight Appassionata" – via open.spotify.com.
  18. ^ "Works by Liszt by Ivan Yanakov" – via music.apple.com.
  19. ^ "Works by Liszt" – via open.spotify.com.
  20. ^ "Ivan Yanakov plays "Tristesse" by Chopin" – via music.apple.com.
  21. ^ "Ivan Yanakov plays "Tristesse" by Chopin" – via open.spotify.com.