Yury Favorin

Yury Favorin was born in Moscow on the 17th of December 1986. Even at infancy he exhibited an extraordinary ability for music (ear and memory). He was six he knew Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Tchaikovsky's 1th and 4th Symphonies distinguished of conductors and performers correctly.

At the age of five he began learning the piano and recorder. He was eight when he entered the Gnesin Specialized Musical Primary School in Moscow, where he learned the piano under Professor Lidiya Grigorieva, the clarinet under Professor Ivan Mozgovenko, and the composition under Professor Vladimir Dovgan, a famous russian composer.

In 2004 Yury entered the Chaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory to study the piano under Professor Mikhail Voskresensky. He also studied the composition with Karen Khachaturyanand chamber ensemble with Alexander Rudin. Yury graduated from the Conservatory summa cum laude in 2009.  

Currently, Yury is a postgraduate student at the Moscow State Conservatory. He has taken an active part in numerous musical festivals, such as the Festival “La Folle Journée” in Nantes (France) and in Tokyo (Japan), “Musique en Vallée du Tarn” (France), “L'esprit du piano” inBordeaux (France), Guangzhou und Beijing (China), International Festival of Saint-Lizier (France), the I.S. Bach Festival, the O. Messiaen Festival, the “Steinway Parade”, Musical Forum “Magic of Piano” (Belarus), Festival “Art November”, and the “Gradus ad Parnassum” Piano Festival in Moscow, the “Moscow Forum” (International Festival for Contemporary Music), “Moscow Autumn”, and International Festival-School “TERRITORIYA”. 

Together with composer Alexey Sysoev (electronics) and Dmitry Schielkin (percussion) Yury has built the ensemble of free improvisatory music “ERROR 404”. 

Yury gives recitals in many countries — Germany, Austria, Norway, Hungary, France, Italy, Sweden, Polen, Japan, Netherlands, and Belgium among them — achieving outstanding success everywhere. He also gives charity concerts for sick children (Moscow), war children (Vienna), and the disabled (Vienna). Yury is a member of the "Freundes- und Förderkreises des Händel-Hauses zu Halle e.V." (Germany).

Yury worked together with Pierre Boulez, Marin Alsop, Pool Goodwin, Tadeusz Żmijewski, Arkady Berin, Kazuhiro Koizumi, and other leading conductors. Marc Coppey, Gérard Caussé, François Salque, Boris Berezovsky, David Lively, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Gindin, Marina Drozdova are among his partners on the stage. 

He took part at the masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Sergei Babayan, Diana Ketler, Marios Papadapoulos, Paul Badura-Skoda, Irina Kataeva, Stephen Kovacevich, Ferenc Rados, and Noel Flores. Yury was a participant of the International Summer Academy “Praha — Vienna —Budapest” (2003), the Academy of the Festival Verbier (Swiеzerland, 2011), the International Holland Music Sessions (TIHMS) (the Netherlands, 2011), the International Summer Academy in Oxford (2012), and the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg (2012). 

He gives concerts at the most prestigious concert halls – the Big, Small and Rakhmaninov's Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow Philarmonic Society,  Moscow International Performing Arts Center (House of Music), the House of Composers in Moscow, Cite de la musique (Paris, France), Palais des beaux arts (Brussels, Belgium), Tokyo International Forum (Japan), Beijing Concert Hall (China), and others. 

Yury is the winner of the First Prize of the Gyorgy Cziffra Foundation (Vienna, 2003), and is a laureate of many Russian and International Competitions:

  • The International Queen Elisabeth Competition (Piano), Fourth Prize (Brussels, 2010) 
  • The International Olivier Messiaen Competition (Contemporary piano), Fourth Prize (“Yvonne Loriod Prize”), and the Prize for the Young Soloist from the Musical Creativity Foundation (Paris, 2007) 
  • The Young Composers Competition “Variations on Hungarian Themes”, First Prize (Moscow, 2002)
  • The First N. Rubinstein Junior Piano Competition, First Prize (Moscow, 2001)
  • The Open International Competition of Piano Composers “Nikolai Rubinstein and theMoscow Composer School” of the “Classical Heritage” Association, Third Prize (First and Second Prizes were not awarded) (Moscow, 1998) 
  • The International composer’s Prize for children and the youth named after Andrey Petrov “Crystal Kamerton”, Diplom (Moscow, 1998/1999)He is honoured with a Diploma by the Ministry of Culture in Russia.