Mikhail Shilyaev was born in Izhevsk, Russia. He started learning piano at the age of six and won several regional piano competitions at a young age. He studied in Russia, Germany and in the UK.
As a soloist with orchestra, he has recently performed with Musikkollegium Winterthur, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, RNCM Concert Orchestra, the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with leading conductors including Christopher Warren-Green, Pascal Rophé and Nikoloz Rachveli.
In July 2010 Mikhail won the Bronze Medal at the prestigious Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon.
Mikhail lives in London and plays mostly in the UK and Europe. He has been taking part in numerous festivals across Europe including Zaubersee festival in Lucerne. Among his chamber music partners are Boris Brovtsyn, Anastasia Kobekina and Natalie Clein. He is interested in historical performance practice and often gives recitals on fortepianos. Mikhail is also known for his collaboration with singers including the rising stars Anna Gobachyova, Nardus Williams and Tuuli Takkala. Mikhail’s repertoire stretches from early Baroque to contemporary music.
He has recently released two critically acclaimed CDs on Toccata Classics and Stone Records.
Mikhail Shilyaev uses a Bechstein piano from 1897 for this recording, presenting a programme of works (with the exception of the Mompou Variations) that were written around the time this piano was built. The pianistic sound worlds of Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin and Mompou are reflected in the sound world of this, their contemporary (or near contemporary) instrument. More >>