Lithuanian tenor Ilja Aksionov (born 1996) first gained experience on the stage when still a boy soprano, where he made his debut on the opera stage as the Prince in “The Little Prince” by Rachel Portman and as the soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s “MASS”. This was later followed by vocal studies with Prof. Virgilijus Noreika at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius. During that time he won the 1st Prize in the International Competition “Kaunas
Sonorum” in 2015, and together with pianist Gustas Raudonius the 2nd Prize in the “Citta di Barletta” Competition in Italy.
Since October 2017 he studies at the Robert Schumann Conservatoire in Düsseldorf in the class of Prof. Konrad Jarnot.
His studies have been further enriched by masterclasses with artists including Dame Sarah Connolly, Anne le Bozeck, Hans Eijsackers and Christianne Stotijn amongst others. At the Robert Schumann Conservatoire he has taken part in opera projects in roles such as Tamino in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” and as Flute in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
In recent years he could be heard as Alfred in “Die Fledermaus” (J. Strauss) and as Prince Ramiro in “La Cenerentola” (G. Rossini) at Festspiele Ettlingen. Most recently he performed the role of Orphée in Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice” in Enschede, Holland. In addition he performs as a singer of art song. As such in a year 2021 he won a Press Prize in IVC ‘S-Hertogenbosch. In 2021/22 he was awarded a scholarship by the Richard Wagner Association Düsseldorf.