Since his doctorate with Professor Martha Fischer (class of 2006), pianist Eli Kalman has been teaching piano and chamber music at UW Oshkosh, navigating the intricacies of a teacher-artist career and the comforting closeness to Madison.
As a performer, his passion for chamber music with strings has been featured the Weill Hall at the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., on “San Francisco Performances” and “Tuesday Evening Concert Series” in Virginia, on the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston, the Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University, the Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” live on NPR, WFMT in Chicago, Farley’s House of Pianos Series in Madison, and Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in addition to other venues. He was an enthusiastic artist-in-residence at the Chamber Music Festival at Banff, Canada, and a guest artist for five years at the Token Creek Festival directed by celebrated American composer John Harbison. Since 2006, he partners regularly with Pro Arte Quartet’s inspiring cellist Parry Karp from UW-Madison on recitals within the UW system and beyond – a genuine journey of friendship of their cello and piano duo.
As a recording artist, he offers Robert Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Rose Mary Harbison (2006) and “The Jewish Soul” CD with cellist Amit Peled from the Peabody Institute on Centaur Records (2009). His very latest recording entitled Homo Ludens on Centaur (2015) honors solo piano music of Russian-American pianist-composer, poet and visual artist-extraordinaire Lera Auerbach. The musical journey recorded on this CD reflects on Auerbach’s borderless creativity in music, poetry and visual arts mirrored in three of her strikingly different works for piano written around 2000: Images from Childhood, 24 Preludes Op. 41 and Ten Dreams. Most short-lengthed works here are musings “which remind us that music need not be grand to be great” (Tom Strini).
As a scholar, Dr. Kalman’s research interests focus on neglected repertoire for strings and piano, the compositions of Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti and Israeli composer Erwin Junger, as well as on unpublished chamber works by Ottorino Respighi. His research in the field has led to the world premier publication of Respighi’s first and piano (1897) published on A-R Editions/Special Publications, 2011.
As an educator, Dr. Kalman spends his summers as piano faculty at the Young Artist Seminars at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, sharing since 2005 his teaching and music making with his love of mountains.
Parry Karp is cellist in the Pro Arte quartet and professor of chamber music at the Mead Witter School of Music.
Romance for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 23 (1910)
transcribed for cello by Parry Karp
Sonata in F Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 99 (1886)
Sonate de Concert in E for Cello and Piano, Op. 47 (1857)