Joining the CIM faculty in 2018-2019, Ilya Kaler is considered to be one of the most outstanding personalities of the violin today. He 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). He has been described as a "magician, bewitching our ears" by Gramophone for his hauntingly beautiful sound, flawless command of the instrument and mesmerizing phrasing. Not only does his career range from that of a soloist, a recording artist to chamber musician, he is one of the most sought-after teachers in the world. 


  • Moscow State Conservatory 
  • Moscow Central Music School

Teaching Experience

DePaul University School of Music
Professor of Violin

Eastman School of Music
Professor of Violin

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Professor of Music

Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins University
Distinguished Visiting Professor