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ILYA KALER

Russian-born Ilya Kaler’s musical family encouraged him in his violin studies at an early age, his initial training being with Zinaida Gilels at the Moscow Conservatory’s Central Music School for Gifted Children. As did Sergey Stadler (his almost exact contemporary), Kaler took instruction from Leonid Kogan and Viktor Tretyakov at the conservatory, graduating with the Gold Medal Award. He also studied privately with Abram Shtern. One of his distinctions is to be the first violinist to win gold medals at the Paganini, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky Competitions.

His Paganini Caprices—his first recording for Naxos in 1992—were, according to the American Record Guide, ‘in a class by themselves’, combining ‘the perfection, passion, and phrase sculpting of Michael Rabin with the energy, excitement, and immediacy of Jascha Heifetz’. As might be expected, Kaler has performed with numerous world-class orchestras in Russia, Europe, America and Japan and has given solo recitals around the globe.

As a chamber musician, he has appeared at music festivals throughout the US and Europe. In the orchestral realm he has made guest-concertmaster appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and New York’s Rochester Philharmonic, as well as touring with the World Orchestra for Peace. Kaler has also held professorships at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington; the Eastman School of Music, Rochester; and the DePaul University School of Music, Chicago.

His recordings have been almost exclusively for Naxos. They reveal a powerful and charismatic interpreter, rather like Stadler, although in Kaler’s case the influence of his illustrious teachers is less apparent. His vibrato is full and rounded, without appearing excessive, his tone rich without being strident—although it can be steely and assertive, as found in the very accomplished Paganini Caprices, or Shostakovich’s ambivalent late-period Violin Concerto No. 2 (1996), which is given a colourful if not especially distinctive reading. His Tchaikovsky Concerto (2004) displays similar characteristics: it is a performance of some quality, but not of great character. Perhaps his most charismatic playing is found, interestingly for a soloist, in unaccompanied and duo sonata works. Thus, there is a fine 1993 performance of Schumann’s darkly heroic Op. 105 Violin Sonata, enlivened by some effective tempo flexibility (albeit unlike the types of nuance Schumann himself would have envisaged), and a soulful Ysaÿe Sonata No. 3 of 2001, which evidences a richer, wider vibrato than in some of his other recordings. Kaler’s unaccompanied Bach (2006), too, is free of some of the more conspicuous stylistic anachronisms that one might expect of ex-Soviet players: the G minor Sonata, BWV 1001 is thus played warmly and with a sensitively considered rather than monumental tonal approach. Glazunov’s Violin Concerto (1994) sees a much more fiery approach and is some of Kaler’s most committed playing on record, adding credence to The Washington Post’s praise of him as ‘a consummate musician, in total control at all times, with a peerless mastery of his violin’.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Milsom (A–Z of String Players, Naxos 8.558081-84)

From Two Worlds: Ilya Kaler talks to Jeremy Siepmann

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Violin Concertos Naxos 8.501058


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Instrumental
Art and Music: Goya - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558178
Instrumental
AUDIO REFERENCE - 24K Naxos
8.550481G
Instrumental
BACH, J.S.: Naxos Bach Album (The) Naxos
8.578108
Instrumental
BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 (Kaler) Naxos
8.570277-78
Instrumental
BRAHMS, J. / SCHUMANN, R.: Violin Concertos (Kaler) Naxos
8.570321
Concertos
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto / PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Nishizaki, Kaler, Gunzenhauser) Naxos
8.572949
Concertos
BRAHMS: Double Concerto / SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto in A Minor Naxos
8.550938
Concertos
BRAHMS: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3, Opp. 78, 100 and 108 Naxos
8.554828
Chamber Music
CENTRE (THE), Vol. 2 Naxos
8.554903-04DX
Instrumental
CLASSIC SWOON Naxos
8.578046-47
Orchestral
CLASSICAL CHILL 2 - The Romantic Collection Naxos
8.578009-10
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
8.554486-87
Concertos
DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 (Goldstein, Peled, Kaler) - Nos. 3 and 4, "Dumky" Naxos
8.573279
Chamber Music
DVORAK, A.: Published Orchestral Works (Complete) (17 CD Box-Set) Naxos
8.501702
Orchestral, Concertos
GLAZUNOV (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556687
Concertos
GLAZUNOV / DVORAK: Violin Concertos in A Minor Naxos
8.550758
Orchestral, Concertos
GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto in A Minor / The Seasons Naxos
8.554049
Concertos
GREAT VIOLIN CONCERTOS (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501058
Concertos
JEWISH STRING QUARTETS Naxos
8.559451
Chamber Music
KARLOWICZ, M.: Serenade / Violin Concerto (Kaler, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit) Naxos
8.572274
Concertos
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Zeit zum Chillen Naxos
8.551302-03
Orchestral
My First Violin Album Naxos
8.578215
Concertos, Instrumental
PAGANINI (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556680
Concertos, Instrumental
PAGANINI : 24 CAPRICES Naxos
8.550717DX
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: 24 Caprices, Op. 1 (Kaler) Naxos
8.550717
Instrumental
PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Kaler, Polish National Radio Symphony, Gunzenhauser) Naxos
8.550649
Concertos
PAGANINI: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 Naxos
8.571054
Concertos
ROMANCE Naxos
8.553216
Orchestral
SCHUMANN, R.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 (Kaler, Slutsky) Naxos
8.550870
Chamber Music
SHOSTAKOVICH (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552129-30
Concertos
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / PROKOFIEV, S.: Violin Concerto No. 1 (Kaler, Papavrami, Wit) Naxos
8.572954
Concertos
SHOSTAKOVICH: Dmitry Shostakovich - A Portrait (WHITEHOUSE) Naxos Educational
8.558188-89
Music Biographies
SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.550814
Concertos
SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concerto / DVORAK, A.: Violin Concerto (Kraggerud, Kaler, Engeset, Kolchinsky) Naxos
8.572953
Concertos
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Special Projects
9.00124
Instrumental
SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Nocturne and Tarantella Naxos
8.557981
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 7 Naxos
8.572494
Instrumental
TANEYEV, S.I.: Suite de Concert / Ioann Damaskin (John of Damascus) (Kaler, Gnesin Academy Chorus, Russian Philharmonic, T. Sanderling) Naxos
8.570527
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Naxos Tchaikovsky Album (The) Naxos
8.578138
Concertos
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Violin Concerto / GLAZUNOV, A.K.: Violin Concerto (Nishizaki, Kaler, K. Jean, Kolchinsky) Naxos
8.572951
Concertos
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto / Souvenir d'un lieu cher Naxos
8.557690
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
VIOLIN BLISS Naxos
8.578052
Orchestral
YSAŸE, E.: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 (Kaler) Naxos
8.555996
Instrumental





 
 
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