Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Program: Keyboard Studies
Pianist/composer Dr. Aron Kallay has been praised as possessing “that special blend of intellect, emotion, and overt physicality that makes even the thorniest scores simply leap from the page into the listeners laps.” After Kallay premiered three of his works, composer and music critic Kyle Gann was “struck speechless,” adding, “he did a beautiful job and made me all impressed with my music all over again… he makes me want to write more.”
Kallay is an award-winning solo and chamber musician who has performed throughout the United States, as well as in the Czech Republic and Ukraine. His performances have been heard internationally on the radio shows Music from Carnegie Mellon and The Global Village. He has also been broadcast live over the Internet from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the California Institute of the Arts.
Kallay is a champion of contemporary composers, microtonal music and music that combines electronics with acoustic instruments. As such, he is dedicated to expanding the repertoire by commissioning new works that challenge the idea of what it means to be a pianist in the 21st century. As a composer, Kallay focuses on works for the beginning and intermediate pianist, as well as concert works involving electronics alone and electronics with acoustic instruments. He also believes in interdisciplinary creative work: he has collaborated with visual artist Mores McWreath on the video installation The Bud, the Seed, the Egg, which premiered at the Roski Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008, and with composer Veronika Krauses on Waterland, a piece for tape, narrator and video, which premiered in June 2010. Kallay is also the co-director and co-founder of People Inside Electronics (PIE), a concert series that features new and classic electro-acoustic music.
Kallay received his doctorate of musical arts from USC Thornton, where he studied with Daniel Pollack. Currently, he divides his time between practicing, performing, composing, writing about music theory and piano pedagogy and teaching. He is on the faculty of the USC Thornton School, where he teaches electro-acoustic media.