Ilya Ram is the new conductor of Orchester’91 in Hamburg, assistant conductor at the Sächsisches Landesgymnasium in Dresden, as well as assisting Maestro Guillermo Garcia Calvo and the Robert-Schumann Philharmonie in Chemnitz. Ram was a prize winner at the 8th Central-German MDR conducting competition in Leipzig and semi-finalist at the 1st Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition in Budapest. He is also a recipient of several prestigious scholarships including the AICF “Sharet” Scholarship and the DAAD Scholarship for his studies in Germany.
In 2017 Ram was one of the four conductors to be invited to participate in the first ever Bayreuther Festspiele masterclass for conductors. There he assisted and conducted rehearsals of “Tannhäuser for Children” as well as receiving conducting lessons from Maestros C. Thielemann, M. Janowski, and H. Hänchen. Ram has participated in several international masterclasses and festivals, studying with renowned conductors and pedagogues such as Maestros N. Järvi, J. Schläfli, P.A. Valade and N. Pasquet.
Ram has a special interest in the music of the first half of the 20th century and has had a great success conducting Milhaud’s “Le Boeuf sur le Toit” with the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig this March. Among the orchestras he conducted in addition to the MDR Sinfonieorchester are: Dartington Festival Orchestra, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Südwest Philharmonie Konstanz, Hungarian State Opera, Gyor Philharmonic, Elblandphilharmonie Saschsen, Nordbohmische Philharmonie Teplice, Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, MAV Symphony, OFUNAM (Mexico) and the Meitar Ensemble for contemporary music. He is also very passionate about the world of opera and had the fortune this year to work as an assistant in the production of “Parsifal” at the Theater Chemnitz and to conduct and coach in the productions of “Tschick” by Ludger Vollmer at the Landesbühnen Sachsen and “Cosi fan Tutte” at the Hochschule für Musik C.M.v Weber in Dresden.
Prior to beginning his formal studies Ram spent a year doing educational volunteer work with children in underprivileged communities in Israel. During his studies He continued his volunteer work at the Israeli branch of Physicians for Human Rights. In 2015 he graduated Cum Laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv with a B.A. in Orchestral Conducting and Musicology. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber” in Dresden, in the class of Prof. Ekkehard Klemm while continuing his piano studies with Dr. Yossi Reshef in Berlin.
Some of his most recent and upcoming engagement include guest conductor of the TU Orchestra Dresden, assistant conductor at the ballet production of Swan Lake at the Theater Chemnitz, New Year’s concerts with the Elblandphilharmonie Sachsen and his debut in Leiszhalle Hamburg as the new conductor of Orchester’91.