Ilya Papoyan was born in St Petersburg in 2001. Graduate of the Secondary Special Music School of the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Olga Kurnavina and subsequently the class of Alexander Sandler). He is currently a student at the St Petersburg State Conservatory itself (class of Alexander Sandler).
Prize-winner at the International Chopin Competition (Narva, 2016; 1st prize and the prize of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth), the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Astana (now Nur-Sultan), 2017; 2nd prize and special award for the best performance of a work by Bach), the Astana Piano Passion international competition for young pianists (Astana, 2017; 3rd prize), the All-Russian Music Competition (Moscow, 2018; 3rd prize), the All-Russian Competition Young Talents of Russia (Moscow, 2019; 2nd prize) and the All-Russian Inter-institutional Competition Piano Today at the St Petersburg State Conservatory (2020; 1st prize); diploma-recipient at the International Competition for Young Pianists Grand Piano Competition (Moscow, 2016).
Has taken part in masterclasses given by Andrei Diev, Grigory Gruzman, Pavel Nersessian and Alexander Mndoyants.
Has appeared at prestigious venues in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazakhstan and Estonia. Has participated in the Mariinsky Theatre’s International Piano Festival (2016), the International Tchaikovsky Youth Festival (2018) and the International Sergei Rachmaninoff Festival White Lilac (2018) among other festivals both in Russia and abroad.
Has collaborated with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra) and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Has been a participant in programmes of the St Petersburg Music House since 2016.
Information for September 2020