Ilya Itin's been hailed as "a brilliantly insightful pianist" (The New York Times
) and "a prime example of a superb technique put at the service of an inquiring and imaginative mind (Daily Telegraph
), but perhaps BBC TV critic Ian Burnside said it best when he gushed: "I'd go to hear him play the phonebook!" Since capturing the Gold Medal, BBC Audience Award and Contemporary Music Prize at the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition, Itin has performed throughout the world, bringing his powerful musical imagination and mastery to sold-out houses throughout the U.S., Japan and beyond. The Russian native is now is a faculty member of the Miami International Piano Festival Academy at Nova Southeastern University, where he's been sharing his knowledge and experience with young professional pianists from around the world. For this concert at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Itin will perform works by Schubert and Rachmaninoff.