studied conducting with Michael Esselstrom at Indiana University, Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University and Julian Shew at Louisiana State University.
Ivan Iliev received his post-graduate study in conducting in the United States with the Artist Diploma and Master degree from Indiana University and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from Louisiana State University. He have served as Music Director and Conductor of Indiana University at South Bend Symphony. He has been also lecturer at the Indiana University at South Bend and Assistant Conductor and orchestra manager at Louisiana State University.
He has worked and collaborated with such conductors and musicians as Tsung Yeh, Charles Geyer, Mishel Le Grant, Vincent Chicowitz, Vasil Kazandjiev.
Viewed from his professor Julian Shew as "very talented musician and conductor with solid background and training in music, his conducting is with excellent foundation of techniques and high level of energy..."
He has conducted the IUSB Philharmonic Orchestra, South Bend Chamber Orchestra, Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra, Sarayevo Philharmonic Orchestra (Bosnia), Sofia Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria).