"Itin's is a rare and exciting artistry indeed... Poised, pure and ravishing in its range of colour, Itin's playing is a prime example of a superb technique put at the service of an inquiring and imaginative mind."
— The Daily Telegraph, (London)
- Ilya Itin's Princeton recital named as a TOP TEN "Standout classical-music moment," of the year: "The Russian-born, New York-based pianist enjoys solid mid-career status in Europe and the Far East, and showed what U.S. audiences are missing in a July recital presented by the Golandsky Institute in Princeton, which promotes pain- and strain-free piano technique. The result was apparent in Itin's great freedom of expression, allowing Chopin's Preludes (Op. 28) to speak more articulately than ever" - David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 9, 2012
- Ilya continues to wow audiences in Asia and the US on a robust schedule of recitals and masterclasses. He is fast becoming a sensation in Japan with sold out concerts in Tokyo and elsewhere. The summer included recitals in the US, a world premier in Princeton and the release of his newest Rachmaninov and Prokofiev recording distributed on VAI. Critics have been raving in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. See what they said: "Itin's approach was emphasizing what the notes say (as opposed to how they sound)… the final movement's depiction of the mythical, demonic Scarbo was malevolent bordering on terrifying. Undoubtedly, Itin is a major pianist, with an ease about him that makes you want to listen to him for hours." - The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 16, 2012 "Ilya Itin — a brilliantly insightful pianist who offered a superb recital of the complete Chopin preludes, Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" and a new work by Yehudi Wyner on Saturday…" - The New York Times, July 19, 2012
- New Recording Released on VAI:
Russian Music Marathon Concerts: Live at the Miami International Piano Festival - Rachmaninov 24 Preludes, and Prokofiev Sonatas 7 and 8. See what the critic in Miami said about the performance: "The Russian-born pianist is a powerhouse musician … sound distilled to its essence, Itin proved a master at separating the various strands and making them cohere, Itin performed like a demon possessed." - South Florida Classical Review, Miami