Artist Bio

Gilbert Kalish, piano

Pianist Gilbert Kalish leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as educator and as pianist has established him as a major figure in American music making. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for thirty years and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to new music that flourished during the 1960s and 1970s. He is a frequent guest artist with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles and is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His thirty-year partnership with the great mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani was universally recognized as one of the most remarkable artistic collaborations of our time. He maintains long-standing duos with cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and he appears frequently with soprano Dawn Upshaw. As an educator, Gilbert Kalish is Distinguished Professor and Head of Performance Activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1969 to 1997, he was a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center, serving as Chair of the Faculty from 1985 to 1997. 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. In January 2002, he was the recipient of Chamber Music America’s Service Award for his exceptional contributions in the field of chamber music, and, most recently, he was awarded the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in the United States.

Gilbert Kalish will perform in Concert Program I (July 14), Concert Program II (July 16 and 18), Concert Program IV (July 23 and 24), and Concert Program V (July 28 and 29).

Gilbert Kalish also serves as the International Program Director of Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute.