Ilona Timchenko is founder and artistic director of the Musical Pilgrims Festival. Pianist of recognized international prestige, he has received more than 20 awards throughout his career and has played in some of the most prestigious orchestras in Europe. Since his first prize in the Abstract Securitirs Landor Competition, in the Cadogan Hall in London and the award in the International Records Review, his fame and recognition have been on the rise thanks to his recognized talent and capacity for innovation: Timchenko was the first pianist to 24 Schlutakovich preludes and fugues in concert version in Italy.
We have spoken with Ilona Timchenko regarding her incorporation as a piano teacher at CSM Galicia and this is what she has told us:
What is music to you?
I don’t really remember my life without music, music is my whole life.
What projects are you currently focused on?
Now I am doing various projects as a member of the international Metamorphoses trio, such as tours and recordings. I am also immersed in the tenth edition of the Musical Pilgrims Festival, which unites young soloists from around the world.
I have an intense life and at CSM Galicia the conditions are ideal. It is also located in the center of Galicia, which allows me to tell students that they can learn from me very close to any city in Galicia.
Do you have new projects in mind in which we will see you in the short and medium term?
Of course, but I will leave you with the intrigue because I will announce them later 🙂
What moments would you highlight of your long career in the music scene?
I am afraid that would be a very long answer. Starting by finding and being very close to great musicians such as Sofía Gubaydulina, Albert Lehman, Anton Garcia Abril, Marc Lubotsky or Lasar Berman, who each deserve their chapter, and continuing through many curious and sometimes extreme moments in my stage life.
How are you off stage?
I love learning new things and if possible I would dedicate myself to many more things. I also really appreciate spending as much time as possible with my family.
What are the strengths of today’s pianists? What do you miss in them?
I would highlight as a strong point their intention to be technically perfect. Many times I miss personality and emotion when they play a play.
Ilona Timchenko durante una masterclass en el Auditorio de Valga. Foto: Vincutato
Let’s talk about CSM Galicia … Was a new Superior Music Center in Galicia necessary?
I fully support this initiative and that is why I am going to be a piano teacher at CSM Galicia. It seems very important to me to have a center of these characteristics in Galicia.
What will be the objectives that you will have with your students?
I would like to give students the opportunity to make the most of their study time, both in terms of spending more time on their own studies and covering the largest possible repertoire. I will also promote to the maximum the acquisition of scenic experience, both alone and with different formations.
What has led a pianist of your reputation to bet on this new project?
The truth is that they invited me to be a teacher at other centers, some of them from outside Spain. After doing several masterclasses, some students have wanted to continue studying with me and have asked what school I am in. I have an intense life and at CSM Galicia the conditions are ideal. It is also located in the center of Galicia, which allows me to tell students that they can learn from me very close to any city in Galicia.
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