Ivan Ilić (piano)
Beethoven Sonata No 8 Op 13 Pathetique
Melaine Dalibert (1979) Etude II (2019, UK premiere)
Chopin 4 Nocturnes
Liszt Six Consolations
Serbian American pianist Ivan Ilic makes a welcome return to Rhosygilwen with a selection of Chopin’s Nocturnes, Liszt’s Six Consolations, Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ Sonataand a brand new work by French composer/pianist Melaine Dalibert, receiving its Welsh premier performance.
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.
Ilić has performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, and Ireland’s National Concert Hall.