Born in Ufa (Bashkiria). On graduating from the Ufa State Institute of Arts, he joined the Bashkir Opera and Ballet Theatre.
In 1998 he made his Mariinsky Theatre debut as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and joined the opera company in 2000.
His 2000 win at the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Parma thrust him into the international spotlight and led to his debut at Teatro alla Scala as Rodolfo (La sonnambula) in 2001. In 2004 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Don Giovanni under James Levine.
He has performed on the stages of the major opera theatres around the globe, such as Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris National Opera, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dutch National Opera. He appeared at Salzburg Festival, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Verbier Festival, Munich Opera Festival, among others.
On the concert stage, he has given recitals in Russia, Italy, Japan, and the United States, and performed with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Among the noted conductors with whom he has collaborated are Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Gianandrea Noseda, Bernard de Billy, Riccardo Frizza, Riccardo Chailly, and Antonio Pappano.
Since 2015 Ildar Abdrazakov has directed the Elena Obraztsova International Academy of Music in St Petersburg.
In 2016 he established the Ildar Abdrazakov Foundation for the support of talented young musicians, which runs the Ildar Abdrazakov International Music Festival and hosts series of masterclasses in vocals.
In 2019, Ildar Abdrazakov made his debut as a stage director in a production of Attila for Bashkir State Opera in which he also performed the title role.
In 2016 he debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre as Philipp II in Don Carlo. In 2021 he took part in the premiere performances of Don Giovanni singing the title role (conductor Tugan Sokhiev, director Semyon Spivak).
The Grammy Award for the record of Verdi’s Requiem (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti)
Recipient of the International prize Oscar della lirica for the title role in Verdi’s Attila
the 38th Abbiati International Music Critics Award in the category “Best Singer”
Honoured Artist of Russia
1 st prize at the XVII International Glinka Competition
Prize-winner at the I Irina Arkhipova Television Moscow Grand Prix Competition
Grand-prix at the III International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition
Grand-prix at the I International Elena Obraztsova Competition
Grand-prix at the V International Maria Callas Television Competition Nuove voci per Verdi
People’s Artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan
People’s Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan
The Golden Mask National Theatre Award for Lindorf / Coppelius / Dr Miracle / Dapertutto in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Order of Friendship of Bashkortostan
Casta diva Russian opera prize ("Singer of the Year" nomination)
Order of Salavat Yulaev (Bashkortostan)
International Professional BraVo Music Award