Pianist Ilya Kondratiev is currently studying at the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma Course, on a scholarship, under the tutelage of Professor Vanessa Latarche. He previously studied with the ‘People's Artist of Russia' Zinaida Ignatieva at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Victoria Soifer at Samara Musical College in Russia. Since 2014 Ilya has been supported by the Henry Wood Trust and is a scholar of the Future of Russia Foundation. Ilya has been awarded prizes at competitions such as the International F. Chopin Piano Competition (Hannover 2011), International F. Liszt Piano Competition (Budapest 2011), International F. Liszt Piano Competition (Weimar 2011), and the Fifth Tbilisi International Piano Competition (Tbilisi 2013) and Brant International Piano Competition (Birmingham 2015). He won first prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Senior Inter-collegiate Competition last year, and won the Chappell Medal at the Royal College of Music in March 2016. He was invited this summer as a guest artist to the Gumusluk Festival in Turkey and Beethoven Music Festival and Academy in Altaussee, Austria.