Olga Kaler, violin
Praised by critics for her "deep, soulful sound" and "powerful, enchanting renditions," Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler has toured three continents as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist-teacher, having combined performing and teaching careers with equal success. She is a member of the violin faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, following her 15-year tenure as a violin professor at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.
As a member of the World Orchestra for Peace under the direction of Valery Gergiev, Kaler has appeared on some of the world’s most legendary concert stages, including the Carnegie Hall of New York, the Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, the Albert Hall of London, and the Berlin Philharmonie Hall, to name a few. In addition, Kaler performs regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra of New York and The Chicago Ensemble.
Kaler has received numerous awards as a performer, including the Special Prize at the Rodolfo Lipizer International Competition, and 1st Prizes at the Northwestern and Thaviu-Isaak Competitions.
Her previous orchestral engagements include the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has held leadership positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ars Viva Orchestra of Chicago, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
Kaler is highly sought out as an artist-teacher and guest clinician. She has presented masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Michigan State, and Andrews University, among others. Her summer festival teaching and performance engagements have included the International Heifetz Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the Skaneateles Music Festival in New York, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, and the Montreal Festival in Canada, to name a few.
Kaler’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States and abroad. The Gold Medal at the Rotary Club of Europe competition is among their recent achievements, as well as awards at the Sony Young Artist International Competition, the National Opera Society Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, Discover Chamber Music Competition, Rembrandt Competition, and the Stradivari Competition of Italy.
Her recent works of scholarship, Scale System for Reluctant Scale Enthusiasts and An Effective Method for Teaching and Studying Violin Technique , have been met with enthusiastic reception from string players and pedagogues worldwide. Both textbooks have been adopted into pedagogy curriculums and added to library materials at major conservatories in the United States and abroad.
Kaler holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, as well as previous degrees from the New England Conservatory of Boston, the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, and the Stolyarsky Special Music School for Gifted Children in Odessa, Ukraine. Her most influential teachers include Almita Vamos, Nelli Shkolnikova, Benjamin Mordkovich, Naoum Latinsky, Inna Gaukhman, and James Buswell.