The artistry of Igor Petrin has thrilled audiences and inspired students the world over. A native of Siberia with its endless forests, rivers and lakes, Igor Petrin has inherited and personified two of the richest and most noble artistic traditions of the world: the Russian piano school of Heinrich Neuhaus, whose last student V.Kastelski was I.Petrin's teacher at the Moscow Conservatory, and Konstantin Stanislavsky, the great actor and director whose investigation into the forming and nurturing of the artistic image of the work to be performed, has changed theatre forever.
Igor Petrin exemplifies in his performing and teaching the highest ideals of these traditions. From the Neuhaus school, the technical mastery, colorful and noble renditions of piano works, and from Stanislavsky an uncanny ability to penetrate into the very essence of a work's meaning and to create an imaginary springboard from which to project this image. These qualities have been heard in a wide range of genres: large and small chamber ensembles, with strings, singers and especially with Eirini Gavriilidou with whom he has performed around Europe the complete works of Rachmaninov for two pianos to elated audiences.
As a solo pianist his huge repertoire spans the Baroque to the present era and he has given world premieres of works of Greek, Spanish and Russian composers.
Many of the students of his class at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki have profited from Petrin's inspiring and life changing teaching and have gone on to win coveted prizes in national and international competitions. Recently the Russian and French press praised his "refined lyrical quality, the technical perfection and rare sensitivity which subjugated the audiences".