Yekaterina Ilyina was born in Leningrad. Studied music at the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music and the Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire, graduating in 2000. Has worked as an accompanist since 1998 at the St Petersburg Zazerkalye State children’s music theatre, frequently appearing as a performer, concert mistress and chamber ensemble musician. Since 2011 she has co-led a series of the theatre’s concerts of chamber music entitled The Time of Lilacs.
From 2002 to 2012 she regularly appeared with the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. From 2003 to 2012 she was a Guest Concert Mistress with the Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre. In 2012 she received an award from the St Petersburg Culture Committee “For Her Significant Contribution to the Development of the Culture of the City of St Petersburg.”
Yekaterina Ilyina has been a concert mistress at the Mariinsky Theatre since 2013. She has taken part in productions of the operas L’elisir d’amore, Il trovatore, Otello, Simon Boccanegra, El Juez (Los Niños Perdidos), The Oprichnik, The Queen of Spades, War and Peace, The Lefthander. In 2016/2017 season she prepared premieres of the operas Salome, I vespri siciliani and The Gambler (on Primorsky Stage). She also rehearsed Dubrovsky by Nápravník and Judith by Serov which were performed in concert.