After graduating from Moscow Conservatory in the early 1980s, he taught composition and orchestral score reading there, while also promoting new music in concerts in and around Moscow. Later, in the 1990s, he traveled to various countries in Europe, presenting his and other composers' piano compositions to various types of audiences, at concerts and workshops.
His own compositional style draws on many influences of our time, including elements that remind of the work of John Cage.
-  at the classicalarchives.com
- Sokolov's page at obst-music
- Ivan Sokolov at the Moscow Conservatory