Born in Moscow, Russia, Igor Presnyakov studied classical music at a nearby academy and would eventually graduate as both a guitarist and a conductor for ensembles. He relocated to the Netherlands to further his career, which has now spanned over 35 years. His unique acoustic guitar-style is influenced by various musical genres from Reggae, Rock and Roll, R&B, Country-western, Jazz and Heavy Metal. His most noticeable attribute is his creative style of “beating” the percussion of the song, onto the body of his acoustic guitar while playing. This replicates the sound of multiple musicians, while only Igor is playing. He also rarely sings any of the lyrics to any kind of song that he covers, and instead translates them into a guitar melody, having his instrument sing the words.
Igor’s popularity has risen since he debuted on YouTube in 2007. Currently the videos uploaded by him have over 300 million total views, in addition to over 850,000 subscribers. He is officially endorsed by both Takamine guitars and Fender Amplification. Igor’s first concert was on the 5th of April 2013 in Moscow, “B2” club.
Bands who influenced him are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Russian musicians Vladimir Vysotsky, Victor Tsoi, Andrey Makarevich and classic composers Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.
Watch Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” Cover by Igor Prensyakov