* Scholarship holder of the Czerwenka Private Foundation
Ilia Kazakov, was born in 1992 in Kazan. He graduated from Kazan Music School with a specialty in choir conducting (class D.A. Venediktova). In 2012 he entered the Kazan State Conservatoire with the specialty of choir conducting (class A.I. Zapparova). In 2016 he performed military service as part of the Alexandrov Academic Song and Dance Ensemble. In 2017 he performed as part of the State Academic Choir Chapel named after Jurlov under the management of the People 's Artist of the Russian Federation G.A. Dmitry. In the same year he entered the State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after Ippolitov-Ivanov with the specialty of choir conducting (class O.S. Karaseva). In parallel he studied vocals with M.V. Rodchikova and A.P. Cilinko. In 2019 he became the winner of the VII International Competition of Opera Artists Galina Višniewski and the winner of a special prize (a year of study at the Opera Singing Center). Since September 2019 he has been studying at the Opera Singing Center (class of People 's Artist of the Russian Federation A.A. Loshak). In October 2019 he became a member of the master class in Italy, as part of the international Young opera project, and performed at the Olympico Theatre of Vicenza, project manager Christian Ricci . He participated in the casting of the television project »Big Opera«, performed Varlaam 's song from the opera »Boris Godunov« and an excerpt from Philip 's aria in the opera »Don Carlos«, after which he was invited to the theatre of the Helicon Opera.