During the 2017 Cliburn Competition, the Texas Classical Review declared that “the centuries-old Russian tradition of piano virtuosity lives on” in Yury Favorin with his “high-octane approach” and “distinctive power and color.” The Moscow native studied at the city’s venerated Conservatory and went on to win prizes at major international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels and the Olivier Messiaen in Paris. He’s travelled the world, performing in Russia, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Japan, and more. His many recordings include Liszt and 20th-century Russian composers, but also new music and improvisations. He has been part of several groups devoted to freely improvised music, including his own ERROR 404.