Ilan Morgenstern is bass trombonist with the San Antonio Symphony, as well as the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. Ilan began his musical studies at the municipal youth conservatory in his hometown of Rehovot, Israel. At age 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 a Bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. Prior to his current positions, Ilan has held positions with the Jacksonville Symphony and Kansas City Symphony, and in addition has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, New Israeli Opera, and the Israel Philharmonic. As a soloist, Ilan has performed concertos with the with the United States “Pershing’s Own” Army Orchestra, the Millennium Orchestra (Seoul, Korea), the Jeju Symphony Orchestra (Jeju, Korea), and the National Repertory Orchestra, and 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.