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was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and at age four moved with his family to greater Moscow. At age six, he started to study piano at the Korolev School of Arts. He twice won the school's competition, then the Moscow regional competition, and soon won an award in a national competition. At age 9 he was invited to continue his studies with Elena Kaminskaya at the Moscow College of Instrumental Performance. Later, while at Moscow's Gnessin College of Music, he received top marks for his graduate piano performance exam and won the Jyvaskyla International Competition (Finland). He joined the classes of professors Mikhail Voskresensky and Eliso Virsaladze at the Moscow State Conservatory, graduating with bachelor's and master's degrees and highest honors in 2013.
On moving to New York, he won the 3rd Gershwin International Music Competition (NYC), the Mauro Monopoli Competition Prize (Italy), the Bendetsky Russian Piano Competition, the IKIF's Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award (NYC), the Third International Stanislav Neuhaus Piano Competition (Russia), and the 20th-century composition performance prize of the New York Festival and Piano Competition. He also earned a Masters in Piano Performance at Mannes School of Music (NYC).
He is a passionate music teacher and the author of a series of educational concert-lectures for adults and children. These have met with considerable success in NYC and Boston.
The late musicologist Allan Evans has said of Ivan Gusev, "He is a profound, genuine musician who makes each note live and transports you to another existence".