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Ilya Ziblat Shay is a composer and performer. His works combine notation (in various forms and shapes, in the range between open and structured), improvisation, and interactive live-electronics systems.


As a composer he had the opportunity to work with ensembles such as Meitar, Modelo 62, Musica Nova, Asko| Schönberg, and with solo musicians John Eckhardt, Maya Felixbrodt, Jellantsje de Vries, and Chloë Abbott. Ilya’s works were played at venues such as Orgelpark (Amsterdam), National Philarmony (Lithuania), teatros de Canal (Madrid), Acker Stadt Palast (Berlin), and Nanko Sunset Hall (Osaka). He had the chance to participate in ISCM World New Music Days (Antwerp), Sonic Arts Series (Norwich), International Review of Composers (Belgrade), La Escucha Errante Sonic Arts Festival (Bilbao), and in Screen Dive, an online edition of the Gaudeamus 2020 festival.


As a performer, Ilya plays contrabass and uses a variety of interactive computer interfaces. He had the chance to collaborate with composers Lula Romero, Heiner Goebbels, Agostino di Scipio, Amnon Wolman, Silvia Borzelli, Ruben Seroussi, and others, and to share the stage with musicians such as Ziv Taubenfeld, Oğuz Büyükberber, Fie Schouten, MeiYi Lee, Haytham Safia, and Germaine Sijstermans.


Active as a researcher, Ilya draws on his mixed musical practice in order to question existing artistic conventions and to draw attention to the relationship between musicians and the world surrounding them. He has been invited to present papers at international conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.


After graduating from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Ilya completed a PhD at Leiden University. He lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.