Dr. Ilya Blinov

Russian-American pianist, teacher, and collaborator


"...A mature pianist with considerable solo and collaborative appearances to his credit."

Reid Alexander

"…His pianism is dynamic, bristling with energy and color, yet with a certain elegance and deep sentiment when called for by the music."

John Ellis

"…A brilliant pianist, with great spirit, impeccable technique, wide range of color, and strong interpretive ideas."

Robert Satterlee

Ilya Blinov is a classically trained pianist residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. His concert appearances include Academia Di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, Yamaha Center in Paris, France, Max Fisher Center in Detroit, Michigan among others. 

Ilya made his specialty a genre of illuminated recital that combines music, narrative, and visual aid. His presentations are well received both by professional musicians and general audiences. 

DMA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

List of Recitals

  • Tchaikovsky, The Seasons (12 character pieces)
  • Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition.
  • Mozart, Misunderstood (Rondo K.511, Sonata K.332, smaller pieces)
  • J.S. Bach, The Inventor (15 Sinfonias)
  • Beethoven, Mysteries of the Moonlight (Two sonatas op.27)
  • Shostakovich, On the Edge (24 preludes op.34)
  • Chopin, In Exile  (24 preludes op.28)

Each recital is 60-65 minutes long

Current Events

Mussorgsky at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

In 1874, Modest Mussorgsky went to an exhibition of his friend, an artist and architect Viktor Hartmann. It took Mussorgsky less than a month to complete Pictures at an Exhibition, his musical impression of Hartmann’s works.  Pianist and narrator Ilya Blinov invites you on a musical excursion. You will see and hear the Pictures and learn the stories behind them. Enlightening. Entertaining. Educational. 

Friday, November 9 at 7:30 pm

Ilya Blinov, Robert Benton, and Duane Bierman

Recording project

In May of 2018, Robert Benton (euphonium), Duane Bierman (percussion), and Ilya Blinov (piano) recorded newly composed works by Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen and Jesús Santandreu. The recording is scheduled for release in the spring of 2019. 

Ilya Blinov Plays

Glinka-Balakirev, The Lark

Beethoven, Sonata op. 27 no. 2, "Moonlight"

Shostakovich, 24 Preludes op. 34

Contact Ilya

Let's Connect

Do you have questions, want to book a show, or collaborate on a new piece? Reach out and let's make music happen. 

Pianist Ilya Blinov

(408) 809-0220