The Department of Music has established The Gilbert Kalish Scholarship in Graduate Studies in Musical Performance. The scholarship funds tuition for promising performance students, thus honoring Kalish’s long-standing commitment to the training of a new generation of young musicians.
Donations to the Gilbert Kalish Scholarship should be made to: Department of Music, Stony Brook Foundation Acct. 266360 Memo: Gilbert Kalish Scholarship; mail check to: Department of Music, ATTN: Martha Zadok, Stony Brook, New York 11794-5475.
Kalish ranks among the most distinguished artists of his generation. His vast repertoire encompasses virtually the entire canon of Western music, from the Baroque and Classical periods (marked by his celebrated recordings of the Haydn sonatas) to the masters of the 20th century and today. Since his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1962, he has steadily remained in great demand, and he continues to perform at a pace and frequency that place him among the world’s most active concert pianists.
Kalish has been an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006, appearing frequently in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and on tour in other distinguished venues throughout the United States. His frequent performances and long-standing affiliations with major American music festivals and institutions, including Music@Menlo, the Tanglewood Music Center, Ravinia Festival, and others, have revealed the depth of his musicianship to audiences nationwide as well as to the finest among the future generation of musicians.
A tireless advocate for contemporary music, Kalish has collaborated with many of today’s finest composers. His legendary recording of Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata cemented his reputation as a leading interpreter of music of the 20th-century music.
In 1995, Kalish received the Paul Fromm Award for distinguished service to the music of our time. He is one of the world’s great vocal collaborators, heard in countless recitals over a 30-year partnership with the late Jan DeGaetani and is currently with Dawn Upshaw. Other notable collaborations include performances and recordings with cellist Joel Krosnick, the Emerson and Juilliard string quartets, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (of which he was a founding member), and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, for whom he served as pianist for more than three decades.
Among the most gifted music educators of our time, Kalish was appointed in 1970 to the faculty of the Stony Brook University Department of Music, where he has held the prestigious rank of Distinguished Professor since 2000.