Ivan performs recitals and concertos in Russia and abroad and has participated in various music festivals. He worked with the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Symphony Orchestra of the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg, with outstanding contemporary conductors - Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Sladkovsky and others.
In 2016, Ivan presented a solo program at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Ivan also composes music; in 2015 he made his debut as a film score composer for the documentary film Varicella by Victor Kossakovsky, the premiere of which took place at the Message to Man international film festival in St Petersburg.
Ivan participated in the established young talent contest Sinyaya Ptitsa (Blue Bird) and was selected to represent Russia at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh.
The EBU’s Director of Media, Jean Philip De Tender congratulated the winner and praised the production: "This edition of Eurovision Young Musicians shows, once again, that public service media is bringing the richness of Europe's next generation of classical music soloists to audiences across the world. The BBC did a tremendous job with the new format," he added. "All the performers excelled, especially Ivan Bessonov and we wish him well in his future career."
Following all six performance, the jury gathered their score sheets and discussed the outcome, the Final Jury then announced the winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 live on stage during the televised broadcast.
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