Recognized by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as a “virtuoso from head to toe” and the Miami Herald as a “performer of dazzling virtuosity and rhapsodic expression”, violinist Pavel Ilyashov is acclaimed as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and passionate educator. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pavel’s recent performance engagements include concertos with the Virginia Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, the National Philharmonic of Honduras, as well as chamber collaborations with Yo Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Paquito D’rivera, and members of the Emerson string quartet. Pavel has numerously appeared at the Caramoor festival, Bargemusic, and on the popular radio program Performance Today. Several solo recordings for the Albany and Naxos labels have been met with critical praise.
An experienced orchestral musician, Pavel played a distinguished 16 year, full time tenure with the Virginia Symphony, during which he also appeared as a substitute violinist with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.
A dedicated teacher, Pavel was honored by the Youth Orchestras of Virginia with a special award as outstanding music educator of the year in 2019. His private students have earned top honors at a multitude of solo competitions. In addition, they have gone on to perform in professional orchestras and been accepted to study at top music schools including the Peabody Conservatory, Indiana University, and Julliard. Pavel has given masterclasses throughout the Americas and spends his summers teaching at festivals in New York, Colorado, Virginia, Missouri, and Lima Peru. He has served on the faculty of the Governor’s School for the Arts, the Hampton Roads Chamber Players, and the Community Music School at Webster University. Pavel is a global ambassador for the Orchestra of the Americas, which has enabled him to bring educational outreach to places in the world where it is not otherwise readily available.