Can a shy person be a soloist?

The Russian-born pianist Ilya Itin does no publicity, has an inaccessible website and tries to be seen as little as possible.

So how does Itin, 52, have such a big career, working with major orchestras and conductors?

He shares some secrets with Zsolt Bognar on Living the Classical Life:

You see him here first.

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  • I had the pleasure of engaging him as a soloist with my orchestra a number of years ago (Mozart # 27), albeit as a last-minute emergency replacement for the pianist originally scheduled. Our local music critic compared him to Alfred Brendel. I would recommend Mr. Itin highly to any presenter who may be reading this.

  • For all the pianists who have web presence but very little in the way of a “real” career, it makes sense there would be a few who have engagements without leaning on the web. Musicians have done it for centuries.

    And I have noted that many musicians with an “extroverted” stage presence are shy in real life.

  • we’ve been enjoying itin’s excellent musicianship in miami for twenty years or more thanks to miami international piano fetival and its sponsor patrons of exceptional artists

  • I’ve known Ilya for almost 20 years; we studied with the same teacher in New York, and I had the unique pleasure of being taught by him as well. The stuff he gave me will last the rest of my artistic career

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