Anton Ilyunin (Violin)
Anton was born in 1979 into a musical family in the beautiful Central Asian City of Ashkhabad in Turkmenistan. He began studying violin with his mother and soon entered the Music School for Gifted children. He began appearing as a soloist with orchestras at the age of 9. In 1995, 1996, 1997 he won several International Competitions for Young Musicians in Turkmenistan.
From 1996 until 2000, he studied at Turkmenistan National Conservatoire. During this period, he performed a series of recitals with the Turkmen State Symphony Orchestra and premiered contemporary violin concertos by Turkmen composers. In 2000, he moved to Russia and continued his education at the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatoire in the class of Honored Artist of Russia, Professor Alexander Stang (violinist of the famous Taneev Quartet). In 2002, he graduated from the Conservatoire with highest departmental honors in violin.
Between 2001 and 2006, Anton played in the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov where from 2004 until 2006, he was Associate Principal Second Violinist. Since April 2007, Anton has continued his violin studies at the Post Graduate Course of Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin under Professor E. Feltz.
Among the Quartet performances Anton has his own musical projects including recitals as a soloist with Symphony Orchestras.
Anton is one of the founders of the Atrium String Quartet.