On November 16, 2013


Born on October 18, 1961, in the city of Kursk, Russia. Strong impressions from childhood: how he spent a whole summer outside wearing the same shorts, and eating ice-cream was a special treat. At his audition for the music school, the staff was surprised by the size of his hands - too big for his age and constitution. Gennady became especially interested in music after his family bought him a piano - he could sit and improvise for hours. As a 6th grader, he began to play in a few bands with his friends who were much older than him, sometimes as a keyboard player, other times as a drummer. After finishing school, Gennady studied to be a pianist and a piano teacher at the Kursk Music College for four years. His musical tastes were formed exactly in the 1970s. Although foreign music was not widely available in the USSR, Gennady somehow managed to get hold of it and listen to the Beatles, Deep Purple, ELP, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Queen, Genesis, etc. Yet his education, of course, instilled in him a love and understanding of classical music. Gennady has always loved sports: in his younger years he won local swimming and running competitions, and he still goes jogging every morning. After graduating from the Music College he served two years in the military and even there found time to play the piano. Although Gennady had already been working on composing music, he realized he had to learn to do it professionally. When he came back from the army, he and his first wife moved to St. Petersburg. A few years later Gennady Ilyin was admitted to the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory and studied composition with Igor E. Rogalev. He spent almost every vacation in Kursk playing with different musicians, including Yury Skripkin (drums) and Oleg Babynin (bass). A band with the name "Little Tragedies" had its first official show on August 6, 1994, in Kursk. After graduating from the Conservatory at the end of 1994, Gennady Ilyin moved to Germany to join his wife and two daughters. It was a hard, but necessary decision. Since then "Little Tragedies" has functioned over a distance, but quite fruitfully nevertheless. A more detailed description of their discography can be found in the History section. Gennady travels to Russia twice a year for rehearsals and recording sessions. All the composition work is done in Freiburg, and the band receives the scores and a digital sample recorded with a synthesizer. Since 2006, Gennady has owned an analogue MiniMoog Voyager (50th Anniversary Edition) which can now be heard in every Little Tragedies' recording. Gennady married a second time and currently works as a piano teacher with children and adults. He still considers Keith Emerson the best keyboard player, arranger and interpreter of classical music. Favorite albums are: "Brain Salad Surgery" ELP, "Night in the Opera" Queen, "The White Album" Beatles, "Time of Legends" Cairo, "Six Degrees of Turbulence" Dream Theater, "Memento z Banalnym Tryptykiem" SBB, "Idea Fix" Czesław Niemen, etc. Favorite movies - "An Ordinary Miracle", "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson"; favorite cartoons - "Shrek" and other DreamWorks productions.



Albums to listen:

The Sun Of The Spirit
1998





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