Ilya Kaler (born 1963) is a Russian violinist. He was born in Moscow. Kaler is the only violinist to win Gold Medals at these three highly prestigious competitions: the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 1986); the Sibelius (Helsinki, 1985); and the Paganini (Genoa, 1981). Born into a family of musicians, Ilya Kaler showed enormous talent from an early age. At the Central Music School for Especially Gifted Children of the Moscow Conservatory he studied under Zinaida Gilels and Yuri Yankelevich.