Ilya Ovrutsky, a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with a Master’s Degree in flute/piccolo, has performed extensively around the world as a member of the Orchestra of the (former) USSR Bolshoi Theater, and of the (former) USSR State Symphony Orchestra under direction of Yevgeny 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. Masur, Y. Simonov, Y. Temirkanov, and others. A dedicated flute teacher since arriving in the United States in 1992, Mr. Ovrutsky has been teaching at Settlement Music School since 1993. Mr. Ovrutsky has created his own unique method of teaching kids of ages 5 and younger, and has been using it successfully for many years. Among his graduates and his current students are winners of local and regional competitions and worldwide concert performers.