Ivan Konev was born in Ukraine and educated in Moscow. As a soloist, Mr. Konev has won prizes in a number of international and local piano competitions, including the Andorra International Piano Competition, Corpus Christi 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, Great, Small and Rachmaninoff Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Sundin Music Hall and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis among others. As a chamber music collaborator, Dr. Konev performs regularly with faculty members of University of Minnesota School of Music, Hamline University and members of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Although Mr. Konev has built a professional life in the United States, he returns frequently to Russia and Ukraine to present concerts and educational programs. His most recent projects included performances with Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra and Yalta Symphony Orchestra in Ukraine. Dr. Konev is a Founder and Artistic Director of the “Crimea Classic Fest” – summer chamber music festival which attracts musicians from leading Russian and Ukrainian orchestras and opera theatres.
Currently, Ivan teaches piano at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and St Paul Conservatory.
Ivan has been the organist at Cross of Glory for the past 10 years, and he has and continues to be a huge blessing to us.
Bachelor degree in Piano performance from the Music College affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory
Masters degree in Piano performance from Gnessin’s Music Academy
Studied Piano and Liberal Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Doctoral degree in Piano performance from the University of Minnesota under professor Alexander Braginsky
We are truly blessed to have a world-class musician in our small church. Ivan provides us with special music each service and performs several concerts a year.