Ilya Portnov is among the most innovative and technically advanced harmonica players in the world. Having chosen the diatonic harmonica as his instrumental voice, Ilya transforms its rustic simplicity into a sophisticated, expressive sound capable of conveying the most challenging music. As a world citizen, Ilya is equally comfortable swinging a Brazilian choro, navigating a sinewy Balkan dance, or celebrating harmonica’s roots in the blues.
In 2014, he completed a Masters at the prestigious New England Conservatory (Boston, MA) and is the only person playing diatonic harmonica to have done so. Since graduating Ilya has honed skills in several other types of harmonicas. Ilya has recorded and performed with a number of groups at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Russia.
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