Ithaca College's Thaler Pianist Series to Feature Ilya Itin

ITHACA, NY — Pianist Ilya Itin — whose playing “International Piano Magazine” called “borderline unbelievable” — will give a free performance at Ithaca College on Monday, Feb. 18. The annual offering of the Rachel S. Thaler Concert Pianist Series, Itin’s performance will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.

Chopin’s “24 Preludes,” Wyner’s “Refrain” and three solo works by Ravel will be on the program. Itin will also conduct a master class in the School of Music.

Since capturing the Gold Medal, BBC Audience Award and the Contemporary Music Prize in the mid-1990s, Itin has performed throughout the world to rave reviews and sold-out houses. His repertoire and artistry are wide-ranging; he is equally at home playing music from Bach to Cage. In addition to collaborations with such eminent conductors as Neeme Jarvi, Christoph von Dohnanyi and William Noll, Itin has given solo performances with orchestras worldwide, including the St. Petersburg and London Philharmonics, and the Tokyo and Cleveland Symphony Orchestras.

Born in Russia, Itin graduated with highest honors from the Moscow Conservatory in 1990. Currently living in New York, he is a member of the teaching faculties at the City University of New York and Princeton’s Golandsky Institute.

Established in 1991 in honor of a talented pianist and longtime Ithaca College supporter, the Rachel S. Thaler Concert Pianist Series has brought to the college such world-class virtuosos as Awadagin Pratt, Yefim Bronfman, Gilbert Kalish and Garrick Ohlsson.

For more information, contact Jenny Stockdale, marketing communications manager in the School of Music, at or (607) 274-3256.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the School of Music at (607) 274-3717 or as much in advance of the event as possible.

Ilya Itin will be performing in the Rachel. S. Thaler Concert Pianist Series, photo by Roy Quesada