is a famous pianist
of the new generation.
Ilya Lekhanov was born in 1986, in Orel into a family of actors. At the age of 4 Ilya started playing music.
He received his first music education in Chelyabinsk. In 2010 Ilya graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (the piano department of Professor Eliso Virsaladze, the chamber music department of Professor Nina Kogan). In 2015 he graduated from the Bern University of the Arts (the piano department of Professor Tomasz Herbut).
At the present time Ilya Lekhanov is a student of the Zuericher hochschule der Kuenste where he studies with Professor Eckart Heiligers.
Ilya Lekhanov started performing in 2001.
He has performed throughout Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Serbia and Israel.
He has worked with such conductors as Michael Sanderling, Radu Popa, Kaspar Zehnder, Wang Puhan , Anton Grishanin, Sergey Ferulyev.
He has been recorded on CD and has performed on radio and TV.
Winner of the Competitions:
Antonio Bertolini Memorial Prize in the 5th chamber music competition «Coop Music Awards» (Italy, 2016); prize-winner of the «LIRA» foundation and «Tschumi Prize» (Bern, Switzerland, 2015); third prize in the International Competition «Memorial Isidor Bajic 5» (Novi Sad, Serbia, 2010); third prize in the Concert Competition «Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes» in memory of Drora Rappoport (Sde Boker, Israel, 2009); prize-winner in the «Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes» in memory of Maria Bondarenko (Sde Boker, Israel, 2008); first prize at the International Art Festival (Berlin, Germany, 2005); prize-winner at the Moscow Festival of Young Pianists in memory of H. Neuhauz (Moscow, Russia, 2004); prize-winner at the VI Sergei Rachmaninov Festival (Moscow, Russia, 2003); third prize at the Chamber Music Festival «Beethoven’s Days in Moscow» (Moscow, Russia, 2004); prize-winner at the Festival «Golden Pages of Music of XX Century» (Moscow, Russia, 2002); first prize in the International Forum «Music Performance and Pedagogics» (Athens, Greece, 2002); prize-winner at the XI International Piano Music Festival (Italy, Rimini, 2001); first prize, gold medal, special prize «Perfection» and special jury prize of Alfredo Speranza in the International Piano Competition «Principat d'Andorra» (Andorra, 2000); third prize in the XXXII International Piano Competition «Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte» (Usti nad Labom, Czech Republic, 1999).
Winner of the Grants:
grant of the International Charity Program «Novye Imena»;
Artobolevskaya Music Foundation’s grant;
grant of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation;
grant of the Chelyabinsk Region Administration; grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation;
grant of the Foundation «Russian Performing Art»;
honorary guest of the Rimini.