Ilya Kaler |Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler
Violin | Session III

Ilya Kaler will be performing the Dvorak: Piano Quintet No.2 and giving a violin master class in Sulzbach-Rosenberg at InerHarmony. Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler, violin, will be performing Ysaye: Poeme elegiaque and the Dvorak: Piano Quintet No.2 and giving a violin master class in Sulzbach-Rosenberg at InerHarmony.
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  • Ilya Kaler violin
  • Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler, violin
  • Ilya Kaler, violin

    Described by the Gramophone as a “magician, bewitching our ears” for his hauntingly beautiful sound, flawless command of the instrument and mesmerizing phrasing, Ilya Kaler is the only violinist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985), and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1981). Kaler is considered to be one of the most outstanding personalities of the violin today whose career ranges from that of a soloist and recording artist to chamber musician and professor. Mr. Kaler has earned rave reviews for his solo appearances with many distinguished orchestras throughout the world, including the Leningrad, Moscow and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestras, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Danish and Berlin Radio Orchestras, the Moscow and Zurich Chamber Orchestras, as well as many of the major American orchestras such as Seattle and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, to name a few. Kaler collaborated with a number of outstanding conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Dmitry Kitaenko, Mariss Jansons, and Jerzy Semkow, performing extensively on five continents.

    Mr. Kaler released multiple highly acclaimed recordings for the Naxos Records label, which include sonatas by Schumann and Brahms, concertos by Paganini, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Schumann, Dvořák , Glazunov, Szymanowski, and Karłowicz, as well as the Taneyev Suite, Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, and Ysaÿe 's Six Sonatas for Solo Violin. He has also released a Solo Violin CD under the Ongaku label and recorded extensive recital repertoire for Melodiya Records in Russia.

    As a member of the Tempest Trio with cellist Amit Peled and pianist Alon Goldstein, Kaler enjoys a very busy touring career and performs in the most prestigious venues to the highest critical acclaim. The trio has recently released their debut CD on the Naxos label, featuring a complete set of piano trios by Antonin Dvořák.

    One of the most sought-after teachers in the world, Kaler currently serves as the violin professor of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Kaler previously held Professor of Violin positions at DePaul University School of Music, the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) and at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN). Summer teaching and performing engagements include the Chautauqua Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, International Violin Mastercourse at the Keshet Eilon Music Center, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, amongst others. Kaler is also frequently invited as a judge to the world’s most prestigious violin competitions, including the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, Russia), Sibelius International Violin Competition (Helsinki, Finland), Henri Marteau International Competition (Germany), as well as the International Music Competition (Harbin, China).

    Ilya Kaler received his education at the Moscow Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and at the Moscow State Conservatory under Leonid Kogan and Victor Tretyakov. Following his formal education, influence and inspiration came from his long-time mentor, violinist and teacher Abram Shtern.

  • Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler, violin

    Praised by critics for her "deep, soulful sound" and "powerful, enchanting renditions," Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler has toured three continents as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist-teacher, having combined performing and teaching careers with equal success. She is a member of the violin faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, following her 15-year tenure as a violin professor at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.

    As a member of the World Orchestra for Peace under the direction of Valery Gergiev, Kaler has appeared on some of the world’s most legendary concert stages, including the Carnegie Hall of New York, the Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, the Albert Hall of London, and the Berlin Philharmonie Hall, to name a few. In addition, Kaler performs regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra of New York and The Chicago Ensemble.

    Kaler has received numerous awards as a performer, including the Special Prize at the Rodolfo Lipizer International Competition, and 1st Prizes at the Northwestern and Thaviu-Isaak Competitions.

    Her previous orchestral engagements include the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has held leadership positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ars Viva Orchestra of Chicago, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

    Kaler is highly sought out as an artist-teacher and guest clinician. She has presented masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Michigan State, and Andrews University, among others. Her summer festival teaching and performance engagements have included the International Heifetz Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the Skaneateles Music Festival in New York, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, and the Montreal Festival in Canada, to name a few.

    Kaler’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States and abroad. The Gold Medal at the Rotary Club of Europe competition is among their recent achievements, as well as awards at the Sony Young Artist International Competition, the National Opera Society Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, Discover Chamber Music Competition, Rembrandt Competition, and the Stradivari Competition of Italy.

    Her recent works of scholarship, Scale System for Reluctant Scale Enthusiasts and An Effective Method for Teaching and Studying Violin Technique , have been met with enthusiastic reception from string players and pedagogues worldwide. Both textbooks have been adopted into pedagogy curriculums and added to library materials at major conservatories in the United States and abroad.

    Kaler holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, as well as previous degrees from the New England Conservatory of Boston, the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, and the Stolyarsky Special Music School for Gifted Children in Odessa, Ukraine. Her most influential teachers include Almita Vamos, Nelli Shkolnikova, Benjamin Mordkovich, Naoum Latinsky, Inna Gaukhman, and James Buswell.

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