Dr. Ivan Konev was born in Ukraine and educated in Moscow where he completed his Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from the Music College affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory and Master degree in Piano performance from Gnessin’s Music Academy. Upon his graduation he came to study piano and Liberal Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010 Ivan finished his Doctoral degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota.
As a soloist, Mr. Konev has won prizes in a number of international and local piano competitions, including the Andorra International Piano Competition, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, University of Minnesota School of Music Concerto Competition, and the Bell Scholarship Competition.
An active performer in the United States and abroad, Ivan has appeared numerous times in solo and chamber music concerts in such venues as Embassy of the United States in Moscow, Great, Small and Rachmaninoff Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Sundin Music Hall and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis among others. As a chamber music collaborator, Dr. Konev performs regularly with faculty members of University of Minnesota School of Music, Hamline University and members of the Minnesota Orchestra and SPCO.
Dr. Konev is a member of the piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin -River Falls and St. Paul Conservatory of Music.
Described by the New York Times as a “talented and entrepreneurial pianist” and an “able and persuasive advocate” of new music, Dr. Nicholas Phillips’ playing has been praised for its “bejeweled accuracy” (Fanfare) and as “razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited” (American Records Guide). He is active as a soloist and collaborative artist, having performed all across the United States. He has also given solo recitals and performances in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa.
Phillips has given lecture-recitals and presentations at conferences in the U.S., Argentina, Croatia, England, Finland, South Africa, and South Korea. He is the author of “Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words Revisited: Culture, Gender, Literature, and the Role of Domestic Piano Music in Victorian England,” published by VDM Verlag. In 2011 he released two CDs on Albany Records; Portals and Passages, which features the piano music of American composer Ethan Wickman, and Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music. Recent releases include American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano (New Focus Recordings, 2014), featuring commissioned works written for him on that theme by 10 American composers, and Impressions (Blue Griffin Records, 2016), a collection of 21st-century character pieces by living American composers. His newest release, Shift (Panoramic Recordings, 2019), features world premiere recordings of works by eight living women composers.
He holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Phillips is a Yamaha Artist. For more information, please visit www.nicholasphillips.net