Ilya Shterenberg

Principal Clarinet

The Beth Grimes-Flood & Tom Flood Chair

Principal clarinetist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus, OH) and Principal clarinetist of the San Antonio Philharmonic, Ilya Shterenberg balances a busy career as an orchestral musician, chamber music performer, and soloist. Hailed by the press as: “He possesses that miraculous gift of an innate musical sense…music seemed to flow toward the infinite, as if divinely ordained,” he has been featured as a soloist with both orchestras, performing works by Mozart, Weber, Rossini, Debussy, and Strauss.

Ilya has been featured as Principal Clarinetist with Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Seattle Symphonies, the Florida Orchestra, as well as Houston Grand Opera, 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 a chamber musician, festival performer, and educator. He is a member of the Olmos Ensemble, San Antonio’s preeminent chamber music group. 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.

A native of Ukraine, Ilya began his music education at the Kosenko Music College, in Zhitomir, the 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 at Southern Methodist University, after which he further studied at DePaul University in Chicago. His principal teachers have included Larry Combs, Stephen Girko, and Charles Neidich.

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 and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival.

Ilya is a Buffet Group USA performing artist.