Ilya and Olga Kaler to Join CIM Violin Faculty

May 3, 2017, 9:47 AM · Violinists Ilya Kaler and Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler will join the Cleveland Institute of Music string faculty at the start of the 2018-19 academic year, CIM announced on Tuesday.

The Kalers will join a violin faculty at CIM that includes Joan Kwuon (department head), Jaime Laredo, Ivan Zenaty and Jinjoo Cho (interim faculty appointment); Cleveland Orchestra members William Preucil (concertmaster) and Stephen Rose (principal second violin); and Jan Sloman, principal associate concertmaster emeritus of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Ilya and Olga Kaler
Ilya and Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler.

A native of Russia, Ilya Kaler studied at the Moscow Central Music School with Zinaida Gilels and at the Moscow State Conservatory with Leonid Kogan and Victor Tretyakov. He won gold medals at Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Paganini Competitions. He has made a considerable number of recordings of the solo violin repertoire on Naxos, Ongaku and Melodiya Records; and performed and recorded with the Tempest Trio, with cellist Amit Peled and pianist Alon Goldstein.

Kaler currently serves on the faculty at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago and previously taught at the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He frequently serves on juries for international competitions.

"I am honored to join the outstanding faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music," Kaler said. "I look forward to helping CIM students reach their full potential at this world-class institution."

Also a native of Russia, Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler currently serves on the faculty at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. She is a member of the World Orchestra for Peace, conducted by Valery Gergiev, and is also a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Ensemble.

She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, the Moscow State Conservatory and the Stolyarsky Special Music School for Gifted Children. Her teachers have included Almita Vamos, Nelli Shkolnikova, Benjamin Mordkovich, Naoum Latinsky, Inna Gaukhman and James Buswell.

"Besides the truly great honor I feel in joining the stellar violin faculty at CIM and nurturing its gifted young musicians, I’m overjoyed at the prospect of living in Cleveland, home of The Cleveland Orchestra," Olga Kaler said.

The Kalers, a married couple, also have taught at many summer festivals, including the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

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