Ivan Ili´c, piano
|20/04/2007||St Iberius Church - Wexford|
Brahms: 6 Fantasies, Opus 116
Fernando Benadon: Búgi Wúgi(2006)
Lizst: Theme and Variations on a theme by Bach “Weinen, Klagen,Sorgen, Zagen”
Debussy: 12 Préludes, Book Two
Ivan Ili´c started musical studies at the age of six and gave his recital debut at the age of eleven. He went on to take degrees in music and mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. After capturing all of Berkeley’s music awards, including First Prize in the Concerto Competition, an Eisner Prize, First Prize in the Senior Recital Competition, and a Mary J. Nunes travel grant to the Aspen Summer Music Festival, he left for Paris on an Alfred Hertz Memorial Traveling Fellowship from the university. One month later Ivan was admitted to the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, where he was awarded a “Premier Prix” in piano performance, followed by a “Diplôme à l’Unanimité” and a “Diplôme Supérieur” from the École Normale de Musique, “Alfred Cortot” in Paris. Before the age of twenty he had launched an international career of solo and chamber music recitals that has taken him all over France and to Belgium, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic and the United States.
During his studies he took public classes with the following masterpianists: François-René Duchâble, Dmitri Bashkirov, Jacques Rouvier, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich, Paul Badura-Skoda and Aldo Ciccolini.
In 2004 Ivan was the recipient of awards, fellowships and grants from: the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Fondation des États-Unis (Paris), the Kariç Foundation (Belgrade), the John Ernest Foundation (California), and the Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists (San Francisco). The City of Paris sponsored his last recording.
In 2005-2006, he was a resident of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He was recently awarded a grant from the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Foundation in Paris for 2006-2007.