Ilya Levitin - Cello
was born in Moscow and after immigrating to the US, finished his classical cello studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Although Ilya has been touring Europe and the US as a classical cellist, (Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra, NYC - Principal Cellist; Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Spain - Assistant Principal Cellist; Cello and Piano Duo "Musicianship", Spain) improvisation has always remained his passion. His collaboration with the Manhattan-based improvisational opera company “Play it by Ear” started the shift in his
performing career to a more concentrated focus on jazz standards. The combination of timeless classical technique with Ilya's resounding “Russian” cello sound creates a unique take on the jazz repertoire.