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 class of Alexander Sandler). Since 2019 he has been a student at the St Petersburg Conservatory itself (class of Alexander Sandler). Has taken part in masterclasses given by Andrei Diev, Grigory Gruzman, Pavel Nersessian and Alexander Mndoyants.
Prize-winner at the International Chopin Competition (Narva, 2016; 1st prize and prize of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth), the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Astana, 2017; 2nd prize and special prize for the best performance of a work by Bach), the International Competition for Young Pianists Astana Piano Passion (2017; 3rd prize), the All-Russian Music Competition (Moscow, 2018; 3rd prize), the All-Russian Competition Young Talents of Russia (Moscow, 2019; 2nd prize), the All-Russian Inter-institutional Competition Piano Today at the St Petersburg Conservatory (2020; 1st prize), the International Piano Competition City of Vigo (Spain, 2021; 1st prize), the International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition Weimar–Bayreuth (2021; special prize), the Rachmaninoff International Competition for Pianists, Composers and Conductors (Moscow, 2022; 3rd prize and Bronze Medal), the XVII International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow – St Petersburg, 2023; 3rd prize and Bronze Medal); diploma recipient at the International Competition for Young Pianists Grand Piano Competition (Moscow, 2016).
Grant recipient of the Artis Futura Foundation (since 2021).
Has appeared at prestigious venues in Moscow, St Petersburg (including the Mariinsky Theatre and the St Petersburg Philharmonia), other Russian towns/cities and abroad. Has participated in the Mariinsky International Piano Festival (2016, 2017), the International Tchaikovsky Youth Festival (2018, 2019), the International Sergei Rachmaninoff Festival White Lilac (2018), the festivals St Petersburg Musical Spring (2020), International Conservatoire Week (2020), Silver Lyre (2020), Pianissimo (2022, 2023), Denis Matsuev Presents: Dialogue of Generations (2023).
Has collaborated with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra Classica, the St Petersburg Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya and the St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra. In February 2023 he gave a recital at Brussels’ Flagey.
Has been a participant in programmes of the St Petersburg Music House since 2016.
Information for August 2023