Ilya Gofman was born in Moscow in 1977. He trained at the Gnessin School of Music (class of Elena Ozol). In 2003 he graduated from the Moscow State Conservatoire (class of Yuri Bashmet) while in 2005 he completed a postgraduate study there. He studied composition under his father Leonid Gofman. From 2004-2009 he taught at the Gnessin School of Music.
Has appeared at the GAIA festival in Switzerland, the Schoenberg Festival, the World Viola Congress (Germany), the Plush Festival (Great Britain), Mozartiana (Russia), Automne Musical de Nîmes (France), December Evenings, One Thousand Seven Hundred Years of Christianity in Armenia, The Return, the Oleg Kagan Musikfest Kreuth, the Emilia-Romagna Festival (Italy) and the Banff Centre Festival (Canada).
He has organised the American Music Evenings festival, a concert at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire in memory of the victims of 11 September and a concert marking fifty years since the death of Arnold Schoenberg. He is the founder of the chamber music company KammerKonzert.
Has given master-classes in Canada, Switzerland and France.
He has performed the premieres of Valentin Silvestrov’s Lacrimosa for solo viola and many works by Leonid Gofman. Featured in the world premiere of Sergei Berinsky’s Symphony for Viola, Piano and Symphony Orchestra and the Russian premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths for two violas and symphony orchestra.
Prize-winner of the Solti Foundation (Great Britain, 2005) and the International Yuri Bashmet Violists’ Competition (Russia, 2000) and winner of the Vienna International Competition (2005) and the International Gaetano Zinetti Competition in Italy (2004).