Ilja Völlmy Kudrjavtsev was born in St Petersburg, Russia, graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatory as organist and pianist in 2006. Following his studies in Russia, as a postgraduate he studied with David Titterington (interpretation) and Lionel Rogg (improvisation) in the Royal Academy of Music in London. While studying at the Academy he was a recipient of various scholarships and prizes and graduated with DipRAM award in 2008. He also was holding a Fellowship in the Academy in the years 2008–2009.
Ilja was engaged as recitalist in many London Festivals such as Spitafields festival, London Handel festival, City of London festival and Southbank centre Messiaen Festival 2008. In 2009 Ilja Kudrjavtsev moved from London to Switzerland to become a titulaire organist in St Martins church in Liestal (also a city church). He gives regular recitals in Switzerland, France, Germany, Russia and UK. Engagements in 2011 include concerts in St Petersburg as well as in St Jakob, Zürich (Zürcher Orgelnacht festival), Basel Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. In his church Ilja is also an organiser of the Heure Mystique concert series and the Easter music festival.
Although Ilja’s repertoire includes the music from all epochs, his main musical interests currently lie in the 19th and 20th century organ music. Ilja also enjoys performing in different projects with other instruments and in exotic combinations such as organ and pantomime or organ and dance or improvising on texts or images.
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