Born in Tel Aviv, pianist Joseph Kalichstein is acclaimed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. With diverse repertoire ranging from Bach and Brahms to 20th-century works by Bartok, Prokofiev, and others, Mr. Kalichstein has collaborated with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Edo do Waart, and the late George Szell, among others, performing with the world’s most esteemed orchestras.
Mr. Kalichstein is a founding member of the famed Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. He also is a frequent guest with the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets. He serves as the chamber music advisor to the Kennedy Center and 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 teaches a limited number of advanced piano students
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, Mr. Kalichstein had won the Young Concert Artists Auditions, resulting in a heralded New York recital debut, followed by an invitation from Leonard Bernstein to perform with the New York Philharmonic in a nationally televised concert. He served as a Cliburn juror during the 2005, 2009, and 2013 Competitions.