Ilian Iliev is one of the top three or four most brilliant clarinetists I have ever heard. The first time 1 heard Mr. lliev; I was absolutely mesmerized and overwhelmed at his unbelievable technical abilities. He seems to possess an almost unlimited arsenal of tonal colors - that he can bring to his playing that subtly and sometimes overtly shade the music in such a way that puts him in the top ranks of all clarinetists. He has musical gifts that are without question, among the very best this world has to offer.
—Daniel Carl Hege, Music Director - The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor-The Baltimore Symphony