A Russian-born flautist, Ivan left Moscow at the age of sixteen to pursue his music education in the U.K. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (RAM) and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He studied with some of the most sought-after flute professors across the U.K. including William Bennett, Clare Southworth, Richard Davis, Paul-Edmund Davis and Kevin Gowland.
His extensive orchestral experience involves working with internationally renowned conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Yuri Temirkanov, Trevor Pinnock, Jac van Steen, Edward Gardner, Robin Ticciati, Paul Mann, Leo Geyer, Mark Heron, Clark Rundell, Philippe Bach and Antony Hermus.
During his postgraduate degree, he was selected to take part in special performances at the John Ryland’s Library, Lasham Chamber Music Festival and New Music North West Festival where he had an opportunity to work with and perform for one of the leading European figures in contemporary music, Sir Harrison Birtwistle. An avid chamber musician, Ivan is a founding member of the Gilbert Trio and has also been regularly performing with various chamber groups since 2009, performing in such prestigious venues as the Wigmore Hall in London.
In 2016 Ivan was named a Trevor James Artist. In 2017, he initiated an online project, “Making Life Sound Beautiful”, that used his arrangements for the flute and made them widely available to the musicians worldwide. Ivan combines his flute playing with composition and conducting. In 2017 two of his works were premiered in London at the prestigious 1901 Arts Club. Ivan currently freelances and teaches in the D.C.-Baltimore area.