With the release of his Album featuring all original music, Composer and Saxophonist Ilia Skibinsky established himself as one of the leading young voices in the field of jazz and contemporary music. Described by his peers and collegues alike as someone who possesses an exceptional ability to navigate through a wide array of styles while maintatining his own unique voice.
While in his 20’s, he already had the chance to share the stage with a plethora of great artists from Israel, as well as many international musicians such as Arnie Lawrence, Avi Lebovich, ECM recording artist Arkady Shilkloper and a grammy award winner David Sanchez to name a few. He also holds an extensive file of compositions and arrangements varying from small jazz ensembles to big band,classical and electronic music pieces.
Born in Russia into a family of musicians, Ilia immigrated to Israel in 1993. Since relocating to New York in 2007, Ilia performed at such local venues as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at the Lincoln Center, Colonial Theater (Berkshires, MA), Segal Centre (Montreal, Canada), Village Underground, Fat Cat, Sweet Rhythm, Zebulon, Knitting Factory, B and shared the stage with various artists and projects such as Joanne Brackeen, Bobby Sanabria, Milo Z (Maceo Parker), Rodney Green, Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone), Mike Moreno and many others.
In December 2009 – Ilia joined Corteo one of the productions of Cirque Du Soleil and toured with the company in US and Japan as a saxophonist and keyboardist. He stayed with the production until April 2010, completing over 500 shows!
Ilia is a very sought after artist in his home country Israel and had the chance to perform with various projects sharing the stage with the elite of jazz and contemporary music artists such as the late Arnie Lawrence, Avi Lebovich, Omri Mor, Ofer Ganor, Eldad Shrem, Tomer Adaddi, as well as such popular artists as Rita, Riki Gal, Sassi Keshet and others.
Mr. Skibinsky holds an extensive portfolio of music in styles ranging from rock, pop, hip hop and R&B to orchestral/cinematic and classical music. Several of his compositions and production works were featured on the PBS Chanell and in the reality TV show Dirty Money aired on the Discovery channel.
Selected Performance Highlights
Festivals – Belfast International Jazz and Blues Festival (Ireland), Jerusalem International Jazz Festival.
(Israel), Jazz Globe International Festival (Jerusalem, Israel).
Theater – The Musicals Chicago and Guys & Dolls in a full Broadway production (Beit Lessin Theater, Tel Aviv, Israel).
TV – Israeli adaptations of Dancing with Stars and American Idol. Special guest on 7/40 Talk show on Israel channel 9.
Selected Discography and Recordings
Ilia Skibinsky – The Passage (2012).
Milo Z – Throwback (Z Booga, 2010).
Avi Lebovich Orchestra – Groove Collage (Hed Arzi, 2008)
Amit Poznansky – Music for Cinema and TV.