Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Now Let Us Praise ... And Keep Time

"The profound influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. For his outstanding contributions to music in America, he was awarded the Peabody Medal by the Peabody Conservatory in May of 2006. In 1995, the University of Chicago presented him with the Paul Fromm Award for distinguished service to the music of our time. He has pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years, and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group that flourished during the 1960s and 70s in support of new music. He is particularly known for his partnership of many years with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani, as well as for current collaborations with soprano Dawn Upshaw and cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnik. As an educator and performer he has appeared at Swarthmore College [1966-74], the Banff Centre, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, the Marlboro Music Festival, and Music@Menlo; from 1985 to 1997 he served as chairman of the Tanglewood faculty. His discography of some 100 recordings embraces both the classical and contemporary repertories; of special note are those made with Ms. DeGaetani and that of Ives' Concord Sonata. A distinguished professor at SUNY Stony Brook, Mr. Kalish has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006."

Photo credit: (c) Nan Melville and the New York Times 2007.


Gilbert Kalish master class and chamber performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music:


Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano

Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 47


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