Gilbert Kalish in Recital

Thursday, March 9, 2017
at 7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

Gilbert Kalish with Hyeyeon Park
    • Gilbert Kalish, piano
    • Hyeyeon Park, piano

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The Program


On March 9 Apex Concerts is proud to welcome to Reno a remarkable artist and one of the great pianists in the world today: Gilbert Kalish. HIs profound influence as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. In 2006 he was awarded the Peabody Medal by the Peabody Conservatory for his outstanding contributions to music in America. As an educator and performer he has appeared at 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 and he serves as head of performance faulty at SUNY Stony Brook. Joined by pianist Hyeyeon Park, he will perform works by Janacek, Brahms, and Schubert. For more information visit

Perry Goldstein (b. 1952) …shreds and patches… (2015)
Sheila Silver (b.1946) Nocturne, Based on Raga Jog (2014)
Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) In the Mists (1913)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Rondo in A major for Four Hands, D. 951 (1828)
Franz Schubert Sonata in B flat Major, D. 960 (1828) 


The Artists


Gilbert Kalish, piano

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The American pianist, Gilbert Kalish, studied at Columbia College (B.A.) with supplementary studies at Berkshire Music Center and Marlboro Festival. Among his noted teachers were Leonard Shure, Julius Hereford and Isabelle Vengerova. Mr. Kalish was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (1962-1979), a pioneering new music group that flourished during the 1960's and 1970's. He has been the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players (1969-1998), and a member of several other ensembles such as Gramercy Chamber Ensemble, Aeolian Chamber Players, and Penn Contemporary Players (University of Pennsylvania). He is noted for his partnerships with other artists, particularly his thirty-year collaboration with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani, but also including cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Mr.Kalish has given solo recitals throughout much of the world. He has appeared at many leading music festivals, such as Mostly Mozart, New York; Brighton and Aldeburgh, England; Ojai, California; Lucerne, Switzerland; Sarasota, Florida; Badenweiler, Germany; Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Netherlands, and many others. Concerto appearances in some of the most significant works of the 20th Century by composers, such as Alban Berg, Luciano Berio, Carter, Messiaen and Igor Stravinsky. He has given numerous concert appearances (about 50 per year) in many of the major world centers including New York concerts at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, Town Hall, 92nd Street "Y", Symphony Space, Tully Hally, Weill, Merkin, Miller Theatre (including the first solo piano recital in this newly renovated Columbia University concert hall). He has made tours of Japan, Europe and South America with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.

Mr. Kalish has appeared as as a guest with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony, Newton Symphony, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Concord Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Chamber Orchestra, New World String Quartet, New York Woodwind Quintet, Orion String Quartet, Sea Cliff Chamber Players, and Thouvenal String Quartet.

  Mr.Kalish taught at Rutgers University from 1966 to 1969 and at Swarthmore College Associate in Performance from 1966 to 1974. Since 1970 he is Leading Professor and Head of Performance Activities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1975 to 1979 he taught also at SUNY Purchase. From 1968 to 1997 he was a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center and served as the "Chairman of the Faculty" at Tanglewood from 1985 to 1997. He has also served on the faculties of the Banff Centre and the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and is renowned for his master-class presentations.

Mr. Kalish has a large discography of some 100 recordings, encompassing classical repertory, 20th-century masterworks and new compositions. These include his solo recordings of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata and sonatas of Joseph Haydn, vocal music with Jan DeGaetani and landmarks of the 20th century by composers such as Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Ralph Shapey and Arnold Schoenberg. He made the world premiere recordings of Charles Ives' Largo for Violin and Piano, In Re Con Moto et al., Largo Risoluto No. 1 & 2, A Set of Three Short Pieces and songs The All-Enduring, The Innate, and Song.

Mr. Kalish has given many first performances, and has had many works written for him (Carter, Crumb, Reynolds, Kupferman, etc.). He gave the first solo piano recital in the newly renovated Miller Theatre at Columbia University. He has received many honours, including three Grammy Award nominations. 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.


Hyeyeon Park, piano

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Selected as a ‘2012 Artist of the Year’ by Seoul Art Center, pianist Hyeyeon Park has been described as a pianist ‘with power, precision and tremendous glee’ (Gramophone). Praised for her “very sensitive” (Washington Post) and “highly nuanced” playing (Lucid Culture), she has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Japan and her native Korea. Since making her debut at the age of ten performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has been a soloist with Seoul Philharmonic, KNUA Chamber Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and Incheon Philharmonic to name a few. Her recent concerts have been presented at the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, the Trinity Wall Street Series in NYC, Philips Collection in Washington DC among others, leading her to venues such as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, Kennedy Center and Seoul Art Center, to name a few.

Selected as “The Most Promising Young Artist” by Korean Ministry of Education, after winning the first prize at Chosun National Competition, Ms. Park garnered top prizes in numerous international competitions as well, including Oberlin International Piano Competition, Ettlingen International Piano Competition (Germany), Hugo Kauder International Piano Competition, Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Spain), Prix Amadeo International Piano Competition (Germany), and Corpus Christi International Music Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on KBS and EBS television in Korea, RAI3 (Italy), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore), WETA (Washington DC), radio and channel LOOP in the States.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Park has collaborated with such luminaries as David Shifrin, Ani Kavarian, Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer,  Toby Appel, and Derek Han and many others appearing at Yellow Barn Festival, Santander Music Festival (Spain), Music@Menlo Festival and Chamber Music Northwest. She is the founding member of Atapine-Park duo and Atria Ensemble, groups that respectively won the prizes at Premio Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition (Italy) and Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Her duo recordings for cello and piano with cellist Dmitri Atapine were distributed by Naxos to great critical acclaim. An advocate of new music, as a passionate musician who pursued career as a composer as well, Ms. Park enjoys working closely with the living composers, recently premiering a work by Patrick Castillo, and soon to collaborate on a project with Ezra Laderman.

Ms. Park holds a Bachelor of Music degree at Korean National University with Prof. Daejin Kim, a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music with Prof. Peter Frankl and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Peabody Conservatory with Prof. Yong Hi Moon. The co-artistic director of Apex Concerts, Ms. Park is the piano professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and co-directs Apex Concerts at UNR. She can be heard on Blue Griffin, Urtext Digital, HM and Naxos labels.


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