Ilan Morgenstern

Bass Trombone

Arthur H. Willms Family Chair

Ilan Morgenstern


Ilan began his musical studies at the municipal youth conservatory in his hometown of Rehovot, Israel, and at the age of 18 he joined the Israel Defense Forces as a trombone and euphonium player in the IDF Army Band. Following completion of his service, Ilan earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BM) and from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (MM).

Prior to his current positions, Ilan has held positions with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony and Kansas City Symphony, and in addition has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Virginia Symphony, New Israeli Opera, and the Israel Philharmonic.

As a soloist, Ilan has performed concertos with the with the San Antonio Symphony, United States “Pershing's Own” Army Orchestra, Millennium Orchestra (Seoul, Korea), Jeju Symphony Orchestra (Jeju, Korea), and the National Repertory Orchestra.  In addition, Ilan has won numerous awards for his playing including the Alessi Seminar Solo Competition, Jeju International Brass and Percussion Competition, Baur Competition, Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Competition, Van Haney Bass Trombone Philharmonic Prize, National Solo Competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the National Repertory Orchestra's Concerto Competition.

Ilan can be heard on recordings with the Cincinnati Pops, Kansas City Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra. His debut recording project It's Alive!! New Music for Bass Trombone, a collaboration with composer Robert Denham and pianist David Gilliland was released in May of 2016 and is available for purchase from

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