Vladimir Ivanov-Rakievsky


Born on the Lake Baikal, Russia, Vladimir Ivanov-Rakievsky began his piano studies at the age four with his mother. He made his orchestral debut at the age of seven with the local philharmonic orchestra. He graduated from the class of Alexander Mndoyants at the Central Music School of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2002 and began his studies of piano, historical keyboard instruments and contemporary music at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2009 he started his postgraduate studies with Alexei Lubimov at the Moscow Conservatory. The same year he entered Zvi Meniker’s class at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover. He graduated with distinction in 2012 and started his master’s program with Konstantin Scherbakov at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

Between 2009 and 2015 Vladimir Ivanov-Rakievsky became a prize-winner at numerous competitions including the International Maria Yudina Piano Competition in St Petersburg (1st prize), the International Fritz Neumeyer Piano Competition in Bad Krozingen (3rd prize) and the International Alexander Scriabin Competition in Paris (1st prize).

By taking part in numerous master classes and concert projects, Vladimir Ivanov-Rakievsky has collaborated with Robert Levin, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Christine Schornsheim, Natalia Gutman, Nicolas Hodges, Alexei Utkin. He cooperates and performs the music of contemporary Russian composers, including Pavel Karmanov, Olga Bochikhina, Iraida Yusupova, Marina Shmotova, among others. He is the initiator and participant of several international and Russian premieres of contemporary music such us Poème symphonique by György Ligeti, or Vexations by Erik Satie, The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang, Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich and other works.

In 2015 Vladimir Ivanov-Rakievsky with the help of the Swiss sponsor acquired and brought to Moscow several square pianos, virginals and clavichords and created on the basis of these instruments a small project-club the Cafe of Poets.

He participated in recordings of the CDs John Cage – To the 100th Anniversary of the Composer’s Birth (the Moscow Conservatory, 2012) and The Precise Music of Galina Ustvolskaya – the Six Piano Sonatas (Wergo, 2015).
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