Ilya Kaler (USA)
A gold medalist of the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Paganini Competitions, Ilya Kaler is an acclaimed international soloist and sought-out artist-teacher as well as frequent judge of international violin competitions such as the Tchaikovsky Competition, Russia; Sibelius Competition, Finland; and Henri Marteau Competition, Germany. Kaler studied at the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow State Conservatory. He has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras, performing under the baton of legendary conductors. Currently a professor of violin at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, Kaler previously held professorships at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He performed as a guest concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburg Symphony and Baltimore Symphony. Kaler’s recordings for the Naxos Records include works by Ysaye, Brahms, Bach, Schumann, Shostakovich, Taneyev, Szymanowski, Karlowicz, Glazunov, Dvorak, Paganini, and Tchaikovsky. His CD of solo violin works was released on Ongaku records.