Ivan Konev was born in Ukraine and educated in Moscow where he studied at the Gnessin’s Academy and Music College affiliated with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Upon his graduation Ivan came to study piano and Liberal Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010 Ivan finished his Doctoral degree in Piano performance from the University of Minnesota School of Music.
As a soloist, Mr. Konev has won prizes in a number of international and regional piano competitions, including the Andorra International Piano Competition, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, Iowa International Piano Competition, Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, University of Minnesota School of Music Concerto Competition, and the Bell Scholarship Competition.
An active performer in the United States and abroad, Ivan has appeared numerous times in solo and chamber music concerts showcasing not only standard repertoire, but also newly composed or rarely played masterpieces in such venues as Embassy of the United States in Moscow, Moscow Conservatory, Sundin Hall, Ordway and Ted Mann Concert Halls in Minneapolis, World Vision and Incheon Cultural Center in Seoul (South Korea) among others.
Ivan is a member of the St. Croix Piano Trio and Isles Ensemble and performs regularly with the members of the Minnesota Orchestra. Dr. Konev is a piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls where he is a Founder and Artistic Director of the UWRF Piano Fest &Competition.