Ivan Farmakovsky was born on February 1, 1973 in Moscow. He started to show an inclination for music very early. Ivan even sang his first words “Mother” and “Father” clapping out a regular time instead of just speaking. At the age of five he was sent to special children’s music school under the studio of culture center “Moskvorechye” and it was practically the only school in the country where jazz was a part of educational program together with classical music.
In 1988 he entered jazz department of The Gnessin State Musical Academy. During the years at the academy Ivan started playing concerts as the leader of his band: Ivan Farmakovsky (piano), Aleksey Nikolaev (tenor saxophone), Anton Revnuk (bass), Dmitry Sevastianov (drums). Ivan had a difficult time combining performances of this quartet in Moscow, trips to international jazz forums, and festivals in Russia and foreign countries with being creative search as a composer. In 1991 together with the best students (among them — A. Nikolaev (tenor-sax), I. Ivanushkin (bass), Y. Okun (drums and piano)) and pedagogue of their band N. L. Bathin Ivan was invited to the summer jazz school in Dublin (Ireland). Heading this educational center was an eminent American saxophonist Dave Liebman. In 1994 he got first prize in the second international jazz contest of young performers in Rostov-on-Don. In 1997 Farmakovsky, Nikolaev, Revnuk, Sevastianov got the third prize on well-known international jazz competition “Europe Jazz Contest” in Belgium, playing generally Ivan's compositions. As a result of these appearances, there were club concerts in Antwerp and master-class in musical college of this town.
Appearing in a solo concert with great saxophone player Benny Golson (at the hall of Union House of Composers, 1998) brought fame to Ivan. Since that moment, according to him, “has come a new time — a time of maturity and development”. The famous saxophone player Igor Butman, who had been on that concert and heard performance, called Ivan a few days later and asked to play with him in Kazan and Naberezhnye Chelny. Thereby, Farmakovsky became a regular member of quartet, and later the Igor Butman Big Band. Then came the epoch of “Le Club” — the most famous jazz club in Moscow, where Igor’s Big Band consisting of best young Moscow musicians played every Monday with soloist Sergey Mazaev and arranger and conductor Vitaly Dolgov.
Ivan Farmakovsky has collaborated with a great number of musicians. Among them are well-known American performers, such as Bill Evnas, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Ryan Kisor, Craig Handy, Seamus Blake, Eric Marienthal, Vincent Herring, Joe Locke, Ron Affif, Ben Sher and others.
Also he played with many of his compatriots, such as Valeriy Ponomarev, Stanislav Grigoriev, Viktor “Arzu” Guseinov, Aleksey Kuznetsov, Anatoly Sobolev, German Lukianov, Igor Butman, Alex Sipiagin, Aleksey Rostotsky, Vladimir Danilin, Georgy Garanyan, Victor Epaneshinikov, David Goloschokin and many others.
Ivan performed prestigious international jazz-festivals and solo concerts in Russia, USA, England, France, Belgium, Italy, India, Cuba, Finland, Germany, Rumania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and others.