A native of Bulgaria, pianist Ilia Radoslavov obtained his Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance as a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow, an award celebrating outstanding performing ability and musicianship, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Christopher Taylor. Professor Radoslavov has graduated with high distinction and holds degrees in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he worked with Wilfred Delphin, and the State Conservatory of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria, where his teachers were Stella Dimitrova, and Ilya Tchernaev. He has also studied with world-renowned Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and Ann Shein.
Dr. Ilia Radoslavov has been the gold medalist in the 2009 Seattle International Piano Competition and served as one of the jurors for its 2010 edition. The list of recognitions in his name includes first prizes from the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, followed by a performance at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall, the Saint Louis Artist Presentation Society, UW-Madison Concerto Competition, UW-Madison Beethoven Piano Competition, National Mozart Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria, and National Piano Competition, Provadia, Bulgaria; and awards from the Missouri International Piano Competition, Joplin Missouri, and the Hague International Piano Competition, the Netherlands.
Throughout his career, Dr. Radoslavov has been welcomed warmly and with accolades by audiences and critics alike, while appearing in numerous solo and chamber performances in prestigious venues in the United States, Europe, and South Africa. Some of his festival appearances include the Johannesburg’s Olde’n’New Recital Series, the Fairbanks New Music Festival, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Festival of Contemporary Music, March Days of Music in Ruse, Bulgaria, and the Festival for Young European Talents in Potsdam, Germany. His performances have been broadcast on King FM Evergreen Channel, Seattle, WSIU TV 8, Illinois, and the Bulgarian National Radio.
Professor Ilia Radoslavov is in high demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and master teacher both in the US and Europe.
Dr. Radoslavov’s teaching career ranges widely and encompasses applied piano, accompanying, chamber music, class piano, and music theory. Before joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, Ilia Radoslavov taught at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Truman State University.