Ilya Norshtein graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2000 and completed there a qualification apprenticeship course as a violinist in 2003 (Prof. Shikhmurzaeva’s and Prof. Bushkov’s classes). In 2020, he graduated from the Kosygin Russian State University (the Maimonid State Classical Academy) as a conductor (Prof. Ponkin’s class).
In 2008, he became a soloist and an accompanist of the Hermitage Soloist Ensemble, and since 2020, he has been its artistic director. In 2015–2018, he was a conductor of the Svyatoslav Richter Youth Symphony Orchestra in Kaluga.
In 2020, he joined the Novaya Opera as an assistant conductor.
Ilya Norshtein performs as a conductor with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra of the Pavel Slobodkin Centre, the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sergei Rachmaninov Symphony Orchestra, and the State Philharmonic of the Republic of Tatarstan. His repertoire includes works by various compositors ranging from the Baroque era to the present time.
As a violinist and a conductor, he takes part in concerts at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Column Hall of the House of Unions, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Kremlin Palace, the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre, and the Zaryadye Concert Hall. He performs extensively in Russia and abroad (USA, Israel, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and Australia).
He works with many well-known musicians, including Alexander Ghindin, Alexander Trostyansky, Vladimir Tonkha, Alexey Utkin, Arkady Shilkloper, Daniil Kramer, Valery Grokhovsky, Boris Andrianov, Igor Fedorov, Nikita Borisoglebsky, Hibla Gerzmava, and Dinara Alieva.
He took part as a violinist in the Vozvrashchenie Chamber Music Festival, the ArsLonga International Music Festival, the Moscow Autumn International Contemporary Music Festival, the Arnold Schoenberg Music Festival, the Music and Arts Festival of the Svyatoslav Richter Foundation in Tarusa, the Bach International Chamber Music Festival in Riga (Latvia),etc. He is a diploma winner of the Sabitov International Competition of Violinists (Ufa, 2000),and a finalist and diploma winner of the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition(Belgrade, 2001).
Ilya Norshtein has organized numerous festivals, subscription concerts, educational programmes and other major art projects. He is also a coauthor of a number of musical and literary compositions such as The Queen of Spades and The Blizzard with Maksim Averin, Little Brother and Karlsson with Valeria Lanskaya, The Triumph of Artistic Taste with Alexander Filippenko.
Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (fairy-tale with pictures) – Music Director and Conductor
Hindemith's Die junge Magd – Conductor
Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia – Conductor
Korngold's Die tote Stadt – Conductor