Principal clarinetist of the San Antonio Symphony and former principal clarinetist of the Charleston Symphony, Ilya Shterenberg has successfully combined a career as soloist, chamber music performer and orchestral musician. Hailed by the press as a “natural and expert interpreter,” having a “warm, elegant tone,” and “among the best in the business,” he has performed extensively in the United States and abroad.
In addition to the standard clarinet repertoire with orchestra, his solo performances have included such rarely heard clarinet concertos as those by Franz Krommer and Karol Kurpinsky as well as the American premiere of the Richard Strauss’s Serenade for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Shterenberg’s performances have been heard on National Public Radio stations throughout the country as well Chicago’s WFMT nationwide classical music network.
A native of Ukraine, Ilya began his music education at the Kosenko Music College in Zhitomir, the city of his birth. There he performed as principal clarinetist with various orchestras and chamber ensembles. After his immigration to the United States in 1989, he received an artist certificate diploma from the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, after which he did further study at DePaul University in Chicago. His principal teachers have included Larry Combs, Ross Powell, Stephen Girko and Charles Neidich.
He has performed as principal clarinetist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, George Solti and Pierre Boulez, as well as at such prestigious music festivals as Tanglewood, Graz (Austria) and Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) under the batons of Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, Dennis Russell Davies, Herbert Blomstedt and others.
As an educator Mr. Shterenberg has served on the faculty of the College of Charleston and currently is an Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at the University of Texas in San Antonio.
His summer appearances have included the Colorado Music Festival and Britt Festival, as well as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival – USA, and the North Shore Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
He performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber music artist with Cactus Pear Music Festival, Olmos Ensemble, and the Camerata San Antonio.