Mr. Kalish is shown in the photograph surrounded by participating students, Kenji Cataldo, Nico Toy, Alex Chien and Esther Liao.
When Jacobs Music offered to provide a Master Class for the Princeton University Department of Music, the piano faculty enthusiastically requested Steinway Artist, Gilbert Kalish. The four faculty members whose students participated in the class, Margaret Kampmeier, Jennifer Tao, Elizabeth DiFelice and Francine Kay, had the very good fortune to study with Mr. Kalish during their student days and they wished to provide the opportunity for their students at Princeton to experience and benefit from his pedagogical perspective. In turn, Mr. Kalish was impressed not only by the superior level of performance shown by the student pianists but by their intellectual approach to the score and their pianistic responsiveness to his musical and technical suggestions. He was also very pleased with the tone and technical responsiveness of the University’s new Steinway model D concert grand piano.
The profound influence of Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music making. Mr. Kalish is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Columbia College.
He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber ensemble, a group devoted to new music that flourished during the 1960’s and 70’s. He is a frequent guest with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles. Since 2006 he has been an Artist member 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 has long standing partnerships with the soprano Dawn Upshaw as well as with the cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick.
As an educator, he is Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University where he has served for over forty years. From 1969-1997 he was a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center and served as “Chairman of the Faculty” at Tanglewood from 1985-1997. Since that time he has been a participant in summer music institutions such as the Banff Centre, the Marlboro Festival, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and the Yellow Barn Festival. He has been a performer and faculty member at Music@Menlo since its inception and in 2012 was appointed Director of the International Program at this festival.
Mr. Kalish has been presented with the Paul Fromm award by the University of Chicago’s music department for distinguished service to the music of our time, the Peabody Medal by the Peabody Institute for his contributions to the music of America and the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award by Chamber Music America for his outstanding contributions to chamber music in America.
His 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, landmarks of the 20th century by composers such as Carter, Crumb, Harbison, Shapey, and Schoenberg, as well as an immense discography of vocal music with Jan DeGaetani.
It was truly an honor and very gratifying for all of us at Jacobs Music to have the opportunity to bring Gilbert Kalish to Princeton University!