A charismatic star in the musical firmament, the Grammy Award conductor Ilja Stupel is one of the greatest conducting personalityof his generation. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, he grew up in a family whose rich musical traditions went back for several generations. He first started playing the piano aged only three and was referred to as a child prodigy after he had joined the Conservatory in Vilnius. In 1960 Ilya Stupel moved to Poland where he continued his musical training; at the same time he was engaged as assistant to the famous conductor and teacher Bohdan Wodiczko of the National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR).
After comprehensive studies in Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Italy in conducting, composition, piano and jazz, Stupel devoted himself to composing and conducting. After a number of years of work in Scandinavia (as Music Director of the Helsingborg Theatre and as conductor at Malmö Opera with lots of appearances in Malmo, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus etc.) and beyond (US.A., Spain, France, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands etc..), he was in 1990 appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the renowned Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lodz (Poland) which has worked with great conductors such as Stokowski, Kletzki and Khachaturian. He was later appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Bilbao Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Artistic Director and Principal conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Lviv.
Maestro Stupel has conducted orchestras such as the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Aarhus Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, the Grenoble Chamber Orchestra, the Slovak Sinfonietta, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra, the Bilbao Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santander Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Stockholm Radiosymfoniorkester. He has taken part also in lost of festival accross the world like the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Festival Aix en Provence, the Festival de La Chaise Dieu, International Music Festival Granada, Saint-Ceres Opera Festival, Roskilde Rock Festival (C. Orff "Carmina Burana").
Ilya Stupel has impressed the music world with his outstanding recordings of Rued Langgaard’s all 16 Symphonies - a highly acclaimed contribution to the discography-catalogue in recent years. In fact he has been awarded a Grammy Award - Nomination in category “Classical music - Special Events – Scandinavian Late Romantic Music (Rued Langgaard Complete Symphonies), a Deutsche Schallplatten Kritik (Berlin) - 1st prize for recording the Nicolai Medtner Piano Concertos 1-3 and The best international concert in Brazil 2015.
Critics have declared unanimously that Stupel's great strength as a conductor is his ability, by means of his unorthodox interpretations, full of vitality and sheer musicianship, to reach out to every single member of his audience, as witness the enthusiasm that greets all his performances and follows him from appearance to appearance.