Ilja Melikhov


ILIA MELIKHOV is an assistant professor at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music, holds a position as a co-principal timpani and a principal of percussion section of the Russian National Orchestra.

He has performed with London Philarmonic Orchesrta (Vladimir Yurovskiy), Seattle Simphony orchestra (Gerard Schwartz), Chinese National orchestra (Jose Serebrier), CIS Youth Orchestra (Vladimir Spivakov), Russian State Simphony E. Svetlanov orchestra (Alexander Lazarev), Moscow Filarmonic orchestra in UN General Assembly and Carnegie Hall in New York, the congress hall of UNESCO in Paris, Barbican center and Royal Albert hall in London, Beijing opera theater.

As an artist of RNO Ilia has performed with Mstistlav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano, Sharles Dutua, Michel Plasson, Alen Altinoglu, Claus Peter Flor, Mark Elder, Martin Brabbins, Pinchas Zukerman, Ingo Metzmaher, Carlo Ponty, Vasiliy Sinaisky, Theodor Kurentzis, Nikola Luisotti, Nikolaj Znaider, Semen Bychkov, Sting, at the international festivals: BBC Promt (London, Edinburgh), Musical September (Montreaux), Singapore Sun Festival, Tuscan Sun Festival, Warsaw Shopin Festival, George Enescu Festival (Buсharest), “Three Romes Festival” (Vatican), Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Boca Raton Arts Festival, Abu Dhabi Music Festival, Russian Arts Festival (Bogota, Colombia).

He performed as a soloist and as member of percussion ensembles at 2nd festival of contemporary music “Open Space”, Grand festival of Russian National Orchestra, Moscow festival “Green Week”, “Brass Days”, Napa Valley Sun festival, USA. He has been involved in collaborations with Neboisha Zivkovich, Keiko Abe, Evelin Glenny, Vladislav Lavrik, Alexandr Rudin. Melikhov has participated in recording more then 25 CDs with RNO with Mikhail Pletnev, Paavo Berglund, Jacob Kreizberg, Vasiliy Petrenko and Paavo Jarvi (7th simphony of Shostakovich – Grammy nomitated CD).
Ilia has given master-classes in: San-Francisco Conservatory, LIED Center of Performing Arts (Nebraska University, Lincoln), in EU Erasmus+ educational program in Parma Consevatory (Italy), Hoseo college of IT and Arts in Seoul (South Korea), in the Blackburn Music Academy of Festival Napa Valley, California.

He has published two books that consist of a compilation of «Orchestral excerpts for bells and xylophone from the works of Russian composers» and «Excerpts and Exercises».

OrchestraRussian National Orchestra, MoscowTitleCo-Principal Timpanist and Principal Percussionist

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