Ilya Shneyveys (LV/USA; accordion),

originally from Riga, Latvia and now based in Brooklyn, NY,  is an accordionist and multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, arranger, and producer of Yiddish music.

With expertise spanning from traditional klezmer accordion to experimental and fusion projects, Ilya performs and teaches at Jewish festivals around the world, in venues ranging from your local synagogue catering hall to Carnegie Hall.

Ilya is a founding member of Berlin’s Neukölln Klezmer Sessions and Shtetl Berlin and a frequent faculty member at Yiddish Summer Weimar. His notable projects and collaborations include Forshpil, Alpen Klezmer, KaraYam, Caravan Orchestra & Choir, Dobranotch, Shekedina, Michael Winograd and The Klezmatics.

Ilya has received multiple awards for his work, including the 2014 RUTH World Music Award at TFF Rudolstadt, the 2017 Shimon-Peres-Prize, and the Eiserne Eversteiner Preis in 2017.

Photo: Yulia Kabakova

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