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Through his activites as performer and educator, pianist Gilbert Kalish has become a major figure in American music making. A native New Yorker, Mr. Kalish studied with Leonard Shure, Julius Hereford and Isabelle Vengerova. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles. He was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a pioneering new music group that flourished during the 1960s and ’70s. He is noted for his partnerships with other artists, including cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and, perhaps most memorably, his thirty-year collaboration with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani. In addition to serving as head of the performance faculty at Stony Brook, Kalish has also served on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Banff Centre and the Steans Institute at Ravinia. Kalish’s discography of some 100 recordings encompasses classical repertory, 20th-century masterworks and new compositions. In 1995, the University of Chicago presented him with the Paul Fromm Award for distinguished service to the music of our time.
Kalish’s discography of some 100 recordings encompasses classical repertory, 20th Century masterworks and new compositions. Of special note are his solo recordings of Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata and Sonatas of Joseph Haydn, an immense discography of vocal music with Jan DeGaetani and landmarks of the 20th Century by composers such as Carter, Crumb, Shapey and Schoenberg. In 1995, he was presented with the Paul Fromm Award by the University of Chicago Music Department for distinguished service to the music of our time.