Pianist, harpsichordist and fortepianist Ilya Poletaev took first prize at the 2010 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. A prizewinner at the 2011 George Enescu competition, he won first prize at the 2008 XX Concorso Sala Gallo Piano Competition in Monza, Italy, where he also received the Audience, Bach and Orchestra Prizes. A musician with an inquisitive mind, who explores repertoire from the sixteenth to the present century, Poletaev has performed extensively in Europe, Canada, and the United States both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Engagements include appearances at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Dresdner Musikfesttaege, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and many other prestigious venues. In 2011 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. He previously served on the faculty of Yale University. Born in Moscow, he moved to Israel and then to Canada, where he studied with Marietta Orlov, a student of the legendary Florica Musicescu, and harpsichordist Colin Tilney.