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From ping pong to prestigious piano competitions, Ilya Shmukler thrives under pressure

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Emil Matveev
Pianist Ilya Shmukler

Classical KC speaks with pianist Ilya Shmukler about his first musical inspiration, studying at Park University's International Center for Music, preparing for competitions like the Van Cliburn and playing ping pong. We'll hear Ilya perform music by Bach, Haydn, Scriabin and Stravinsky.


Brooke Knoll


Ilya Shmukler, piano


Sonata in F Major, Hob XVI, 23
by Franz Joseph Haydn

Fantasie in B minor
by Alexander Scriabin

Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
by Igor Stravinsky

Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
by Johann Sebastian Bach

You can learn more about Ilya and the 2022 Van Cliburn at cliburn.org. You can learn more about Park University's International Center for Music at icm.park.edu.

Our thanks to Park ICM, the Cliburn and Earl's Music Room for their assistance.

Cliburn Monday Quarterfinal Round
Ralph Lauer
Cliburn Foundation
Ilya Shmukler performs during the Quarterfinal Round at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Brooke Knoll is the digital audience specialist and on-air host for Classical KC. You can reach her at brooke@classicalkc.org.
Sam Wisman is a Producer for 91.9 Classical KC. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.