Ilya Shterenberg

Clarinet, Principal

“He possesses that miraculous gift of an innate musical sense . . .
. . .music seemed to flow toward the infinite, as if divinely ordained.”

(William Furtwangler-“Post and Courier” Charleston, SC)

Principal clarinetist of the San Antonio Symphony and former principal clarinetist of the Charleston Symphony, Ilya Shterenberg balances a busy career as soloist, chamber music performer, and orchestral musician. Hailed by the press as “natural and expert interpreter,” “warm, elegant tone,”  “among the best in the business,” he has been featured as a soloist with both Charleston and San Antonio symphonies, performing works by Mozart, Weber, Rossini, Debussy, and Strauss.

A native of Ukraine, Ilya began his music education at the Kosenko Music College, in Zhitomir, city of his birth. 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, Stephen Girko, and Charles Neidich.

He has been featured as Principal clarinetist with Cincinnati and Seattle Symphonies, and has collaborated with such conductors as Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, Dennis Russell Davies, Herbert Blomstedt, Daniel Barenboim, George Solti, Pierre Boulez and others.

Away from the orchestras, Ilya is very active as chamber musician, festival performer, and educator. He is a member of Olmos Ensemble, a chamber group made up of principal woodwind players from the San Antonio Symphony. His summer appearances have included the Colorado Music Festival and Britt Festival, as well as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival – USA. As an educator, he has been a faculty member of the College of Charleston, the University of Texas San Antonio, and UT Austin.

Mr. Shterenberg’s performances have been heard on National Public Radio stations throughout the country as well as Chicago’s WFMT nationwide classical music network. He performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber music artist with Cactus Pear Music Festival, Camerata San Antonio, and the North Shore Music Festival. Ilya is a Buffet Group USA performing artist.

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