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The Boston Conservatory Presents String Masters: Ilya Kaler

(BOSTON—Oct. 9, 2011) The Boston Conservatory presents Ilya Kaler, violin, in the popular String Masters series, a unique offering of internationally renowned musicians performing under the artistic direction of Andrew Mark and Irina Muresanu. The performance takes place Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at 5 p.m. at The Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall at 8 The Fenway. General admission tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and FREE for students with valid ID. Tickets are available by phone at 617-912-9222 or at 


  • BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.10, op.96 (1812) 
  • PROKOFIEV: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1, op. 80 (1946) 
  • CESAR FRANCK: Sonata for Violin in A-Major (1886)

About Ilya Kaler

The only violinist ever to win Gold Medals at all three of the world’s most prestigious competitions, the Tchaikovsky, the Sibelius and the Paganini competitions, Ilya Kaler is compared to the likes of Heifetz and Perlman. His recordings of the Paganini Caprices have been deemed by American Record Guide to be, “in a class by themselves” combining “the perfection, passion, and phrase-sculpting of Michael Rabin with the energy, excitement, and immediacy of Jascha Heifetz.” His recordings of both Paganini Concertos and Caprices, the Schumann Sonatas, both Shostakovich Concertos, the Dvorak Concerto and the Glazunov Concerto have met with equally superlative acclaim. The Washington Post unabashedly lauds him as, “a consummate musician, Kaler is in total control at all times, with a peerless mastery of his violin.”

Born into a family of musicians in Moscow, Kaler showed enormous talent from an early age. At the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory he studied under Zinaida Gilels and Yury Yankelevich. He continued his studies with Leonid Kogan and Viktor Tretyakov at the Moscow Conservatory, where he earned both master’s and doctorate degrees, and graduated with the Gold Medal Award. He also studied privately with Abram Shtern in the Soviet Union and the United States.

Kaler has earned rave reviews for solo appearances with distinguished orchestras throughout the world. He has performed with the Leningrad, Moscow, and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestras, the Montreal Symphony, the Danish and Berlin Radio Orchestras and the Moscow and Zurich Chamber Orchestras, among others. His solo recitals have taken him throughout Europe, Scandinavia, East Asia and the former Soviet Union. In recent years, he has performed with the Detroit, Baltimore and Seattle Symphony Orchestras and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.   He has toured Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, England, Venezuela and Japan. In Japan, he played with the New Japan Philharmonic, the Century Symphony Orchestra and the Hiroshima Symphony. Also an active chamber musician, Kaler has performed for several summers at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, RI. For five years, he served as Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served as guest concertmaster with the Aspen Music Festival, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

One of the most sought-after teachers in the world, Kaler has served as a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and is currently a Professor of Violin at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.

About The Boston Conservatory

The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit


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