Ilya Netkach is a professional violinist from Ukraine.
He graduated from Kharkov State College of Music (2006) with a formal classical education. However, Ilya was keen to acquire improvisation skills – jazz in particular – and soon started attending jazz jams and playing gigs, both solo and as a session musician.
In 2009, inspired by Steve Vai’s interview in Guitar Magazine about his first release “Flexable”, as well as by the music of Stephane Grappelli, Regina Carter, Jean-Luc Ponty, Eric Truffaz and others, Ilya began working on his own original music. His debut single, “Lugsana”, was released in December 2012.
Since 2013, Ilya has been working in the Middle East as a teacher of music. He continues to compose and release his own music, as well as play occasional gigs.
In May 2016, Ilya Netkach, with his band, received first place in the Battle of the Bands at the Hard Rock Cafe Bahrain.
His EP, “I Am” (2017), received positive reviews from “All About Jazz” and “Smooth & Soul”.
Ilya Netkach is an indie musician and composer who releases original violin music fully on his own, occasionally collaborating with his musician friends. Ilya handles all the production, bookings and promos by himself; he has no label, sponsors, etc. so it is an entirely DIY project.
Currently, Ilya is located in Al Ain, UAE, where he teaches music at House of Arts Institute.