The winner of numerous international competitions, Ivan Yanakov has been heard to great critical acclaim in over 30 countries in Asia, Europe and North America, most recently in France, Britain, Austria, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, and the United States. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, and has appeared in halls that include the Carnegie Hall Recital Hall in New York, Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Center, Kitara Hall in Sapporo, and Hong Kong City Hall. He is a frequent guest of international music festivals and has performed with musicians from London Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently he performed Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto at the DMZ International Music Festival in South Korea. Current projects include four-piano series of concerts.
Born in a family of musicians in Sofia, Ivan Yanakov later earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from New York’s Mannes College of Music and spent 10 years in New York, where he performed extensively and was awarded the Artists International Debut Series Prize at Carnegie Hall. During his years in the United States, he participated in chamber music workshops conducted by violinist Pinchas Zukerman and by members of the Tokyo String Quartet. He moved to Paris and later to London, where he founded the London Chamber Players, a chamber orchestra comprised of young professionals with a home season in London.
Ivan Yanakov made his conducting debut with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He returned to conduct them in 2013, in addition to other European conducting engagements. The artist appears regularly on television and radio broadcasts in Asia, North America and Europe. Recently, he was featured in an 1-hour live concert on Hong Kong’s RTHK radio station, and on their TV channel. Other broadcasting highlights include Live from the Los Angeles Museum of Art.
Mr. Yanakov was the co-founder of the Irvine Chamber Music Festival in California and of the Siena Belcanto Festival in Italy, where he also served as Artistic Director. He was also a full-scholarship fellow at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Today, he is often invited to give master classes, at major universities in Europe and Asia.
Ivan Yanakov regularly adjudicates piano competitions throughout Asia and Europe, and is a jury member of the Ernest Bloch International Competition at the Royal College of Music in London.
The 2015/2016 season will take Ivan Yanakov once more to the Far East (Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macau), Turkey, and over 10 countries in Europe. He will continue to conduct the London Chamber Players as their Music Director in concerts in London and Europe.