Artistic Director


Early Childhood Musical Developement

Ilya Ovrutsky, a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with a Masterís Degree in flute/piccolo, started his musical training at an early age, first playing violin and then switching to flute at age twelve.

Mr. Ovrutsky performed extensively around the world between 1980 and 1992 as a member of Symphony Orchestra of The Moscow Bolshoy Theater, and of the former USSR State Symphony Orchestra under direction of E. Svetlanov.   He has performed in the major concert halls of Russia, United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and South America under the baton of conductors V. Gergiev, M. Jansons, P. Kogan, A. Lazarev, A. Litton, K. Mazur, G. Rozhdestvenski, Y. Simonov, Y. Temirkanov, A. Zhuraitis, and others.

A dedicated flute teacher since arriving in the United States in 1992, Mr. Ovrutsky has been with MLMA since its inception.   He has also continued his teaching affiliation with the Settlement Music School where he began teaching in 1993.

Devoted to early music education, Mr. Ovrutsky exposed his own children to music from birth.   When they were preschool age he created musical games which allowed them to develop musical concepts while having fun and acquiring a lifelong affection for music.

At MLMA, in addition to teaching flute to students of all ages, Mr. Ovrutsky guides some of the youngest students in the exploration of musical concepts through different instruments to find an instrument that suits their individual personalities.   This early exposure accelerates their learning as they focus on their chosen instruments.