Ilan Morgenstern, Bass Trombone

Arthur H. Willms Family Chair

Hailed by the International Trombone Association Journal for his “rhythmically driving, technically flawless, and unfailingly dynamic and exciting” playing, Bass Trombonist Ilan Morgenstern is a unique voice in his field.

A native of Rehovot, Israel, Morgenstern is currently the Bass Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony. Morgenstern has also been a member of the San Antonio Symphony, 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 and the Detroit Symphony.

Morgenstern’s concerto performances have included engagements with the San Antonio Symphony, United States “Pershing’s Own” Army Orchestra, Millennium Orchestra, Jeju Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. In addition, Morgenstern has won numerous awards for his playing including the Jeju International Competition, Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Competition, National Repertory Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, and the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize.

Morgenstern’s publication Trombone Exercise Library Project (aka TELP), was released in September of 2020 to a warm reception from players worldwide. A fundamental book that employs embedded mp3s in conjunction with written exercises, TELP offers a comprehensive approach to Tenor and Bass Trombone playing.

Labeled a “must buy” in the International Trombone Association Journal, Morgenstern’s 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. To learn more about Ilan Morgenstern, including news, sample recordings, and purchase information for his Book and CD, please visit