Created in 2011 by the hand of the Russian pianist based in Santiago de Compostela Ilona Timchenko, the association Peregrinos Musicales aims to promote new Galician artists. This is how the International Musical Pilgrims Festival was born, with the aim of carrying out joint activities and exchanges with the most important musicians of international prestige. It also carries out activities to promote Galician and Galician-based performers.


Ilona Timchenko

Born in the Crimea, Ilona Timchenko graduated Moscow Conservatory (prof. E.Richter) as well as Prince Claus Conservatoire (prof. A.Gold) and Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague (prof. Rian de Waal). Later she improved her skills with Lazar Berman in Florence and Michel Beroff in Paris..

Ilona’s playing blends Russian tradition with European style, always powerful and endlessly poetic.

Blessed with phenomenal technique and powerful musical and expressive skills, in the beginning of her career she brought a packed audience at England’s Buxton Festival to their feet and soon after she made her debut at Unione Musicale, one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe. She performed in recitals and with orchestras at Wigmore Hall, Philips Hall in Holland, the Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Madrid’s Monumental Theatre, Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai, among many others.

Ilona premièred many works by contemporary composers, some of which were dedicated to her. Recordings of many of these works are stored in the archives of the Moscow State Conservatory.

Timchenko became the first who has made a public performance of complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich in Italy. In 2010 Ilona signed a contract to record the complete piano music of one of the leading Spanish composers of our days – Anton Garcia Abríl. The first set of two CD’s has been released in September of 2012 and ranked as “exelent” in the magazine “Ritmo”.

She became the first who has made a public performance of complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich in Italy..

Her CD with works by R.Shumann and J.Brahms released by label Landor Records was selected for one of the inaugural ‘Outstanding’ accolades in International Record Review magazine and received rave reviews in Gramophone Magazine. In 2010, Ilona recorded a double CD with piano music by A. García Abril; this recording was ranked as “excelent” in the magazine “Ritmo” in Spain. Since 2016, Ilona is a member of the Metamorphoses trio, the CD released with this ensemble in 2018 was highly praised by critics around the world..

She won numerous competitions and prizes including Enesco Competition in Bucharest, Beethoven Competition in Vienna, the Liszt Competition in Utrecht and the Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens. In total Ilona has won the highest prizes at more than 30 prizes International Competitions.

Ilona is invited yearly as professor at the annual Summer Academy in the Netherlands – Peter de Grote Festival. She is founder and Artistic Director of International Festival “Peregrinos Musicales”, which takes place in Santiago de Compostela in collaboration with other festivals and organizations, such as The Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, Festival “Moscow meets friends”, Royal Philharmonia of Galicia, The Mstislav Rostropovich International Charity Foundation among others.


Daniel Kordubaylo

Daniel Kordubaylo represents the classic Russian school of violin playing. Born in Saint Petersburg in 1977, he began his study at the Special School of Music of the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, then continued at the legendary Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, where he was accepted without audition, as he was one of the three most outstanding violinists of his course. His professors in this period were Professors A. Aranovskaya, E. Komarova and A. Kazarina.

At this same time he decided to broaden his artistic goals with European teachers and he combined his studies in Saint Petersburg with the Prins Claus Conservatory and later the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Holland). He regularly participated in various master classes traveling throughout Europe. His teachers during this time were T. Gerards, N. Morozova, K. Hulsman, H. Krebers, and D. Schwarzberg, among others.

As a soloist and member of different groups, Daniel has performed at numerous festivals and on various stages in Russia, Spain, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Latvia, Portugal, France, Italy, Brasilia, Argentina and Cuba. As a soloist he has done a series of “New-York Classic Radio” programs and intense tours of the United States.

He has been part of various orchestras, performing as a soloist in some of them, such as “North Netherlands Orchestra” (Holland), “New Philharmonic Orchestra” (Holland), “Dutch National Youth Orchestra” (Holland), “Belcanto Festival Orchestra ”(Holland),“ RTVE Symphony Orchestra ”(Spain) and“ Baltika Orquesta de San Petersburgo ”(Russia).

From 2002 to the present, he is a member of the first violins of the “Real Filharmonía de Galicia” orchestra (Spain). He performed with the RFG also as a soloist.

Daniel combines his artistic activities with intense organizational work. He is co-founder and technical director of the International Festival “Musical Pilgrims”, which takes place in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), since 2011, in collaboration with other festivals and organizations, such as the Royal Philharmonic of Galicia, the Vladimir International Charity Foundation Spivakov and the Mstislav Rostropovich International Charity Foundation, among others.

Vice President and Treasurer

Adolfo de la Peña

Adolfo de la Peña Llerandi was born in Santander (1957), although he spent his childhood and youth in Santiago de Compostela, where he studied medicine with distinction. After training in Geriatrics at the Calde de Lugo Hospital, he continued his professional activities in Ferrol, becoming the medical manager of the Caranza Residence for the Elderly until 2004.

He is the author of the GERI Pro Project, with which he obtained the Prize for Scientific Research in Geriatrics at the XV Congress of the Galician Geriatrics Society (Vigo, 2003).

He was secretary of the Ferrolana Philharmonic Society and president of the Rías Baixas Philharmonic Society. He is currently the vice president and treasurer of the Asociación Peregrinos Musicales.

He has published the books “A guided tour of the Fefiñanes pazo, Cambados” (2015 Chiado Editorial), “Walking through Santiago and surroundings” (2016 Chiado Editorial) and poetry in the joint works “Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Poetry” vols. I, II and III (2015, 2016 and 2019 Chiado Editorial).

He is now in the process of publishing a novel, “Gente de bien.” (“Good people”) A versatile man, his hobbies include chess, classical music, painting, computer programming and organic fruit-growing.

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