Ildar Khuziakhmetov was born in Almalyk, Uzbekistan. At age seven he entered V.A. Uspensky Music School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where he studied cello with M.A. Spector. While attending the school, Mr. Khuziakhmetov won the prestigious National Competition of Young Musicians. After graduating in 1990, Ildar went to St. Petersburg, Russia where he entered St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Mr. Khuziakhmetov received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees studying with professors Anatoly Nikitin, Georgy Novichikhin, and Sergei Tchernyadiev. While in St. Petersburg, Ildar became Principal Cellist of St. Petersburg“Mozarteum” Chamber Orchestra, Rimsky-Korsakov State Opera and Ballet Theater Orchestra, and St. Petersburg City Hall State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Khuziakhmetov held these positions from 1993-1998, at which point he moved to the United Statesto study with Misha Quint and Michael Istomin at Duquesne UniversityinPittsburgh,PA. In 2000, Ildar received an Artists’ Diploma from Duquesne.
Mr. Khuziakhmetov has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, played numerous solo recitals, and toured extensively as the cellist in the Amadeus String Quartet. He participated in the Second World Cello Congress under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich. As a member of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Ildar attended the Shostakovich International Festival with conductors Mstislav Rostropovich, Uri Temirkanov, and Maksim Shostakovich.
In 2000, Mr. Khuziakhmetov joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Knoxville, Tennessee where he lives with his wife, violist Jennifer Bloch and their daughter Alexandra.