Ilya Kaler's bio offers that he "is one of the most outstanding personalities of the Violin today." That's a big understatement.
Kaler, who will be a guest artist at the UT Violin Festival this weekend, will perform a recital with UT School of Music pianist, Kevin Class, on Saturday evening at 8 pm in Performance Hall 32 of the Alumni Memorial Building on the UT Campus.
Kaler hails from Moscow and is from a family of musicians. He attended the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory. Among his many awards are 1st Prizes and Gold Medals at the 1986 Tchaikovsky, the 1985 Sibelius, and the 1981 Paganini Competitions. Mr. Kaler's orchestral career includes guest Concertmaster appearances with the Pittsburg Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony, as well as regular tours with the World Orchestra for Peace under the direction of Valery Gergiev. He held the position of Concertmaster in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, NY, from 1996 to 2001. Kaler is currently a Professor of Violin at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, IL.
Kaler appeared as soloist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in May, 2008, performing the Paganini Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra. My Metro Pulse review of that concert can be found here.
The Kaler/Class recital will feature works by Vitali (Chaconne in G minor for violin and piano), Beethoven (Sonata in D Major for violin and piano, Op. 12, No. 1), Brahms (Scherzo from Sonata F.A.E), Kreisler (Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for Solo Violin), Suk (Love Song), and Henryk Wieniawski (Polonaise de Concert in D Major, Op. 4).