Estefan Iatcekiw, at just 19 years old, has been recognized for his extensive repertoire and knowledge, refined technique, expressiveness, and musical brilliance, being hailed as a major revelation in the Brazilian piano scene.
He has won first prizes in several national and international competitions, including the IV International Rachmaninov Piano Competition for Young Pianists (Germany), as well as the award for best interpretation of the composer's work; the Prelúdio TV Cultura Competition in 2017; Yamaha Competition II; the X and XI Profª Edna Bassetti Habbith Competitions with the best interpreter prize for Villa Lobos; Souza Lima National Competition with the Hors Concours prize, Mackenzie National Competition, Young Soloists Competition of the Goiânia Symphony Orchestra, and in 2018 he was awarded 2nd place in the International Santa Cecília Competition in Porto, Portugal.
In 2020, he was awarded at the International Cidade de Vigo Competition in Spain, and in 2022, he achieved 6th place in the Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow, Russia, being the only pianist from the Americas and one of the youngest participants.
In 2023, Estefan Iatcekiw released his first two solo albums, featuring Rachmaninov's works: "Destiny," with both piano sonatas, and "Memories," with the 24 piano preludes.
He has performed in important concert halls such as the Tchaikovsky Conservatory halls in Moscow, the Scriabin Museum in Moscow, Sala São Paulo, Teatro Goiânia in Goiânia/GO, Theatro da Paz in Belém/PA, Teatro Guaíra and Teatro Positivo in Curitiba/PR, Teatro Vermelhos in Ilhabela, among others.
He studied in Brazil with the Russian pianist and teacher Olga Kiun and with Sergey Kuznetsov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he was accepted to pursue a bachelor's degree in piano at the age of 15.
Estefan lends his name to the "Estefan Iatcekiw Music Scholarship," which encourages and promotes classical music by providing the didactic and financial means for the professional musical development of talented scholarship recipients in Brazil.
"...a concerto masterfully performed by Estefan Iatcekiw."
Camille Saint-Saëns, Concerto #2
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
Radio Hermes, Argentina, June 2023
"Imagine the following scene: a musician takes the stage of the country's most important concert hall, plays passionately, captivates the audience, and receives praise from respected musicians and critics. This is the summary of Estefan Iatcekiw's performance, a young pianist of 13 years old, who demonstrated great confidence in the final of the Prelúdio 2017 program, held on December 10th at Sala São Paulo."
Concertista Magazine, July 2021
"An absolutely remarkable presentation by Estefan Iatcekiw, only 10 years old, in which he performed works by Mozart, Schumann, and Chopin with impeccable technique and taste."
Recital Opinião Gazeta do Povo, December 2014