Ilya Papoyan was born in St Petersburg in 2001. At the age of eight he entered the Rachmaninoff Children's School of Music, and at the age of nine he was a prize-winner at the International Frédéric Chopin Youth Competition in St Petersburg.
In 2011 he entered the Middle Special School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, class of Olga Kurnavina. Since 2015 he has studied under Alexander Sandler. Has taken part in master-classes conducted by Grigory Gruzman, Pavel Nersessian, Andrei Diev and Alexander Mndoyants.
At the age of thirteen he gave his first recital, appearing at the St Petersburg State Academic Cappella. Since 2016 he has been a soloist of the St Petersburg House of Music. A member of the Youth Section of the International Tchaikovsky Competition Laureates Association.
Prize-winner at several music competitions, among them the International Chopin Competition of Young Pianists in Narva (2016) and the International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition in Astana (2017).
Has appeared at the most prestigious venues in Moscow, St Petersburg, Astana, Narva and Tallinn. Has taken part in the Mariinsky's International Piano Festival (2016), the Tchaikovsky International Youth Festival (2018), the White Lilac Rachmaninoff International Festival (2018) and other festivals in Russia and abroad.
Information for August 2018