Concert activity takes Ilan Bendahan Bitton throughout Germany, Switzerland, France, as well as to South America and the USA.
Outside of his soloist activity, he devotes himself to chamber music.
Born and raised in Mannheim, he first learned the basics of the instrument there from an opera singer in order to do justice to his fascination with Beethoven’s piano sonatas. After graduating from high school, an intensive bachelor’s degree follows at the Karlsruhe University of Music. The study of chamber music and lied repertoire opens new paths for Ilan: he organizes his own concerts in Karlsruhe and the surrounding area with unusual concert programs that include a central contemporary work. Invitations from chamber music festivals such as Idyllwild (California) and Ruza (Russia) reinforce his affection for this genre.
Since 2009, Ilan has opened every exhibition opening of the prestigious University Library of the Karl Ruprechts University of Heidelberg in the university’s Alte Aula to date. At the 2016 exhibition “FAKE – Fakes, as they are written in the book” he plays Haydn forgeries at the special request of the university.
From 2013 he works together with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and plays concerts at the Alte Oper Frankfurt am Main under Jonathan Stockhammer and at the orchestra’s own festival “Freispiel” under Michael Wendeberg.
He performs Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s “Requiem for a Young Poet” under Peter Rundel at the Kölner Philharmonie as part of the Achtbrücken Festival, which is recorded by WDR and broadcast on radio and television.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Ilan moves to Hamburg. While receiving pianistic tricks from Konrad Elser, Ragna Schirmer and Lilya Zilberstein, he gets to know the artistic scene and is inspired by musicians, actors and poets.
In 2014, he decides to study for a master’s degree in piano at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre. Matthias Kirschnereit is his professor and mentor. The following year he joins the ensemble “Die Damen und Herren Daffke”, which is currently dedicated to chanson and song from the 20s to the 50s. In addition to Ilan as a pianist, the ensemble consists of four singers and an actor. The programs are developed and staged together with opera singer and director Maria Husmann.
Due to his great interest in new concert formations, Ilan is working on the conception for the “Quartet for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen, which he will put in a new light.