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Carlos Kalmar    conductor


Carlos Kalmar was appointed Music Director of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in 2003, and in April, 2008, it was announced that his contract has been extended until 2013. He is also Principal Conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. During his career, he has been Music Director of the Hamburg Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Vienna’s Tonkunstlerorchester and the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, Germany.

Of Mr. Kalmar’s recent (April, 2008) Saint Louis Symphony performances, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch critic said of his Prokofiev Symphony No. 5, “Kalmar and the orchestra invested it with a sense of excitement beyond that inherent in the score. Kalmar was fun to watch, with a leonine head of hair that moved dramatically as he danced around the podium, and angular body language perfectly matched to Prokofiev’s rhythmic world” And of his Lutoslawski “Musique funebre”: “It received a superb reading from Kalmar and the strings, who offered impeccable playing”.

Upcoming engagements include re-engagements with the Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, and the Nashville Symphony, and also concerts with the San Francisco Symphony and the City of Birmingham Orchestra. Mr. Kalmar’s recent guest conducting engagements in North America have included subscription concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, New World Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

His international conducting appearances have included the Prague Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony, the National Orchestra of Spain, the ORT Orchestra of Florence, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Hamburg State Opera, the BBC Welsh, the Residentie, the Vienna State Opera, the Yomiuri Japan Orchestra, the Flemish Radio, and the Zurich Opera.

Carlos Kalmar’s most recent recordings on the Cedille label include two 2008 releases with the Grant Park Orchestra: one of works by Pulitzer Prize-

winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis and one featuring the world-renowned mezzo soprano Jennifer Larmore. His 2006 release of the Szymanowski, Martinu  and Violin Concertos with the Grant Park Orchestra and Jennifer Koh, was highly acclaimed, as was the 2003 release of the Joachim and Brahms Violin Concertos featuring Rachel Barton and the Chicago Symphony, and American Works for Organ and Orchestra featuring David Schrader and the Grant Park Orchestra (2002).

Carlos Kalmar was born in Uruguay to Austrian parents. He showed an interest in music at an early age and began studying violin at age six. By age 15 his musical development led him to the Vienna Academy of Music where he studied conducting with Karl Osterreicher. He resides in Portland, Oregon and Vienna.

Kalmar is at his finest in these large-scale works, and Grant Park’s principal conductor provided masterful advocacy, eliciting fiery, virtuosic playing and sustaining momentum throughout this long and demanding work.

Chicago classical review            Grant Park Orchestra (Festival), DVORAK Requiem, 14 Aug 2010

Carlos Kalmar delivers stunning Haydn and finds majesty in Beethoven... For those who may have felt that Bernard Haitink’s farewell Ninth with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was the place to be for a Beethoven fix, this Mass in C major was a highly compelling alternative… Kalmar delivered as stunning a choral performance at the Pritzker Pavilion as I’ve heard

Chicago Classical Review    Grant Park Orchestra (Festival), BEETHOVEN, Mass in C, HAYDN, Te Deum, 19 Jun 2010