Acclaimed for the heartfelt intensity and technical mastery of his playing, pianist Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences throughout the United States and Europe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
With his diverse repertoire of works ranging from Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to 20th-century works by Bartok, Prokofiev and others, Mr. Kalichstein has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnányi, James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Kurt Sanderling, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, David Zinman and the late George Szell and Erich Leinsdorf. He has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras: the Cleveland Orchestra; the Symphony orchestras of London, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit where he will return this season; Tokyo’s NHK; and the Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. He has also appeared with the English, Scottish, Franz Liszt, Israel and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, some of which he has led in performances of Mozart Piano Concerti. He has been enthusiastically received at the Edinburgh, Aspen, Prague, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Salzburg, and Verbier festivals.
A favorite of New York concertgoers, Mr. Kalichstein has appeared in several recitals on Carnegie Hall’s “Keyboard Virtuosi” series. His two latest CD releases include music of Schumann and Brahms (on Koch International) and of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert (“The Romantic Piano”, on Audiofon Records.) In the summer of 2008, Kalichstein celebrated his 25th consecutive year at the Aspen Music Festival with a special 4-piano concert, playing 4- and 8-hand music with his friends and colleagues Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman and Misha Dichter.
Joseph Kalichstein is a founding member of the famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson piano trio, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012. The Trio continues to play in major music capitals as well as on all the great university concert series. Their most recent releases are a 4-CD Brahms Cycle, on the Koch label, and a 2-CD Schubert Cycle, on the Bridge label. Mr. Kalichstein is also a frequent guest pianist with the world’s most beloved string quartets, including the Guarneri and the Emerson, with whom he has participated in their London and Washington Shostakovich Cycles. He serves as the Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Center and is the Artistic Director of the Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. He continues to hold the inaugural Chamber Music Chair at the Juilliard School, where he also has a limited class for advanced piano students.
Born in Tel Aviv, he came to the United States in 1962. His principal teachers included Joshua Shor in Israel and Edward Steuermann and Ilona Kabos at The Juilliard School. Prior to winning the 1969 Leventritt Award, he had won the Young Concert Artists Auditions, and as a result he gave a heralded New York recital debut, followed by an invitation from Leonard Bernstein to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the New York Philharmonic in a nationally televised concert on CBS.
Joseph Kalichstein last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2015.