Ilya Kaler


United States

Violinist and Teacher


Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory (studying under Leonid Kogan and Viktor Tretiakov). He is the only artist to have taken first place in three prominent competitions: the Paganini (1981), the Sibelius (1985), and the Tchaikovsky (1986). From 1996 to 2001 he was concertmaster for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently concertmaster for the Lake Forest Symphony. He maintains a full concert schedule both in solo recitals and as part of the Tempest Trio. He has recorded many albums for Naxos with which he has an exclusive contract. He is professor at several institutions of higher education in the USA.