Ilya Friedberg has been described as an “Artist who puts his listener to a musical magic” by pianist Menahem Pressler. Russian-born Israeli pianist Ilya Friedberg has been a fixture of concert stages, especially in the U.S., where he currently lives. He is highly admired for his tone on the piano and natural sense of phrasing, in which he balances pianistic flawless technique and beautiful pianistic singing.
Friedberg was born in Moscow, Russia, to a musical family, where he received his first lessons from his mother, a piano teacher by trade. After his family‘s immigration to Israel in 1992, he was enrolled at the Jerusalem Conservatory, and soon thereafter won a gold medal at one of the most prestigious international piano competitions in Kiev ”Pianist of the XX century.” He was quickly awarded the Jerusalem City Scholarship, and gave multiple debut concerts at the St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and at the Jerusalem Theater. Since then, he has performed in important venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Friedberg’s rapid rise and accolades have not only opened the door to many concert venues around the world, but also gave him the opportunity to study at Oberlin Conservatory, and at Indiana University – Bloomington. where his private teachers have included Menahem Pressler and Vladimir Ashkenazy. While at Indiana University – Bloomington, Friedberg was teaching assistant to Mr. Pressler, and there he won the all-school Concerto Competition performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto
Friedberg continues to promote new music, and has commissioned over 30 new works for solo piano from composers around the world. He collaborated with Douglas Hofstadter and performed his entire piano works. Other collaborations led to performances with members of Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony, Jamie Laredo, David Baker, Carol Vaness, Mark Kaplan, Gilles Apap, Alexander Buzlov, and Pacifica Quartet, who described him as an “Exceptional chamber musician and pianist”.
Ilya is currently living in Chicago, where he often performs with Chicago Symphony players. He is also on the faculty of Adamant Piano Festival where he is a masterclass teacher together with Christopher Elton, Menahem Pressler, and John O’Connor. Friedberge has taught and performed at prestigious festivals around the world, such as the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, and has judged international piano competitions in some of the most prestigious institutions such as Indiana University, Roosevelt University, Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the Stellenbosch International Piano Competition.
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