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Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler

BM Moscow Conservatory
MM Moscow Conservatory
DMA Northwestern University

Courses Taught
Applied Violin
Orchestral Repertoire
String Pedagogy
Performance Practice and Critique

Praised by critics for her "deep, soulful sound" and "powerful, enchantin​g renditions," Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler has toured  three continents as a soloist, chamber musician and artist-teacher, combining performing and teaching careers with equal success. She joined the applied violin faculty of DePaul University School of Music in 2004 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Violin. Kaler was recently chosen to serve on the violin faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music beginning in the fall of 2018.

Currently a member of the World Orchestra for Peace under the direction of Valery Gergiev, Olga Kaler has appeared on the world’s legendary concert stages, such as the Carnegie Hall of New York, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, the Albert Hall of London, and Berlin Philharmonie Hall, to name a few. In addition, K
aler appears regularly with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra of NY and The Chicago Ensemble.

Olga Kaler has received numerous awards as a performer, including the Special Prize at the Rodolfo Lipitzer International Competition, and 1st Prizes at the Northwestern and Thaviu-Isaacs Competitions. 

Kaler’s previous orchestral engagements include the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She held leadership positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ars Viva Orchestra, the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Kaler is highly sought out as an artist-teacher and guest clinician. She has presented masterclasses at Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Michigan State, and Andrews University, among others. Summer festival teaching engagements have included the International Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, Skaneateles Music festival in New York, and Montreal Festival in Canada, to name a few.

Dr. Kaler’s recent works of scholarship, Scale System for Reluctant Scale Enthusiasts and An Effective Method for Teaching and Studying Violin Technique, have 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 degree from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and 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 Professors Almita Vamos, Nelli Shkolnikova, Benjamin Mordkovich, Naoum Latinsky, Inna Gaukhman and James Buswell.

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