Ilya Isakovich was born in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. He started playing the violin at the age of 6 in the city school of music and in 1991 graduated performing the Mendelssohn concerto with Dnepropetrovsk Symphony Orchestra.
After emigrating to Israel in 1991, Ilya started to study in the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music with Prof. Moshe Girshovitch. In 1995 he graduated from the Conservatory and started his military service in the IDF chamber orchestra. In 1997 he began his studies with Prof Gennady Kogan.
From 1994 until 2000 Ilya played in the Youth Israel Philharmonic taking the concertmaster position from 1996. During 1999 and 2000 Ilya was the concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan workshop orchestra in Weimar under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.
During the 1999 season Ilya took the position of concertmaster of the Israeli Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra and in 2000 he was accepted into the first violin section of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in which he worked until 2004. In 2004 Ilya started his Australian life with the ACO.
Ilya plays a Marcin Groblicz violin made in 1600.
Chair sponsored by The Humanity Foundation