Following her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony, Ilana Blumberg Thomas has appeared across the United States and internationally, including appearances at Tanglewood, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. She is currently in demand as a chamber musician, collaborating with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, UC Berkeley’s eco ensemble, Ensemble for these Times, and working with Philip Glass and Opera Paralelle last season. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Thomas serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, where she performed as a featured soloist last season, and appears regularly with Symphony Silicon Valley, the Berkeley Symphony, Oakland Symphony, West Edge Opera, Marin Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and the Sacramento Philharmonic, among others. Previously, she held the position of Associate Concertmaster with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York State for seven seasons, as well as performing in New York City with renowned chamber orchestras and on Broadway in productions including Aida and The Producers. She appears on a variety of recordings released by Deutsche Grammophon, Argo, and Albany Records, has recorded for film and television, including in Wynton Marsalis’ award-winning educational series “Marsalis on Music”, and performs and tours with bands on five-string electric violin. She has supported an array of musicians from Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti to electronic duo ODESZA, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Warren Haynes and countless others. Her other passions include distance running, cooking, and writing.
El Cerrito, CA (94530)
BA, Oberlin Conservatory
Preparatory Studies at SF Conservatory
The Crowden School
Individually tailored, personalized instruction using a range of materials, including Suzuki, traditional, and non-classical repertoire according to student preference.