Ilan Morgenstern

Faculty-Ilan MorgensternHailed 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. Previously, 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, Detroit Symphony, Virginia Symphony, New Israeli Opera, and the Israel Philharmonic.

Morgenstern’s concerto performances have included engagements 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, Morgenstern has won numerous awards for his playing including the Jeju International Brass and Percussion Competition, Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Competition, National Repertory Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, and is a recipient of the Lewis Van Haney Bass Trombone Philharmonic Prize.

An active educator, Ilan Morgenstern has taught masterclasses throughout the Americas.  An affiliate artist in trombone at the University of Houston Moores School of Music, a position he has held since 2014, Morgenstern has also served on faculties at Texas Lutheran College, and Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.

Labeled a “must buy” in the International Trombone Association Journal, Morgenstern’s debut recording project It’sAlive!! 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 CD, please visit