Pianist David Kalhous is increasingly gaining recognition in Europe and the United States for his elegant musicianship, brilliant pianism, probing intelligence, and adventurous programming. With wide-ranging repertoire spanning three centuries, he is equally at home with music of Scarlatti and Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, and Ligeti and Feldman.
David Kalhous (b. 1975) began his professional studies at the Prague Conservatory as a student of Jaroslav Čermák. His attended such institutions as the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, the Academy of Arts in Prague, the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University, Yale University, and Northwestern University, and studied with Paul Badura Skoda, Emil Leichner, Victor Derevianko, David Northington, Peter Frankl, and Ursula Oppens. He also worked with Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and with Paul Lewis at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival as a Gilmore Fellow. In 2013, he earned a Doctor of Music Degree from Northwestern University completing a dissertation exploring the piano music of Leoš Janáček.
David Kalhous is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Florida State University College of Music.
David Kalhous' debut solo recital at the Prague Spring Festival received critical acclaim, and he has been invited to present solo recitals at Symphony Space and Bargemusic in New York City; PianoForte Foundation and the WFMT radio station in Chicago; Spectrum NYC; in the Prague Symphony Orchestra's World Piano Literature recital series, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, Czech Radio's Studio Live Concert Series, and Konvergence New Music Series in Prague, to name a few. He has also recently performed at venues including Northwestern University, Yale University, University of Chicago, Eastman School of Music, and UNCSA.
Recent collaborations with orchestra include performances of Brahms' Piano Concerto in D Minor with the North Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano with the Plzeň Philharmonic Orchestra, Berg’s Kammerkonzert with FSU Chamber Winds, and Beethoven's Third and Fifth Piano Concerti with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. David Kalhous has also appeared as a soloist with ensembles including the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Chamber Philharmonia Pardubice, Moravian Philharmonic, West-Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, and Musici di Praga, and has worked with such conductors as Libor Pešek, Eli Jaffe, Leoš Svárovský, Stanislav Vavřínek and Marián Valčuha.
David Kalhous has made various recordings for the Czech Radio and Television, and his performances have been broadcast on WFMT Chicago, WUOT, and WFSQ. He was also the author and host of a series of radio programs devoted to music for piano and its interpretation that were produced and broadcast by the radio station Classic FM in Prague. Czech Television's Channel 2 showed a documentary film about David Kalhous.
David Kalhous's interest in 20th century and new music has resulted in close collaboration with many European and American composers who have written works expressly for him. Recently, he has performed with and under the auspices of the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble (György Ligeti Memorial Concert, Steve Reich Celebration, American premiere of Peter Ablinger's 6 Linien), FSU New Music Ensemble (John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra), FSU Chamber Winds (Petr Kotík’s Spontano), Fonema Consort (Sciarrino’s 4th Piano Sonata, Nono’s …sofferte onde serene…, and Gervasoni’s Quattro voci), and Texas Tech University New Music Ensemble (Boulez’ Dérive I, Dutilleux’s Figures de resonances, and Peter Eötvös’s Kosmos). He was the first pianist to perform the first book of György Ligeti's piano Études and Morton Feldman's For Bunita Marcus in Prague. David Kalhous is cooperating on several projects with Konvergence Ensemble in Prague and with Fonema Consort in Chicago. His new solo recording project slated for release in the 2014/2015 season, “Piano Music from Prague,” will feature newly commissioned pieces by eight leading Czech composers, with performances planned in several European and American cities.
In 2015 he performed concerts in the US, Israel and the Czech Reublic. In January 2015, he made works by David Lang for the Festival of New Music, in May 2015 he realised a tour to Israel, where he performed a recital in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and led master classes at the Academy n Jerusalem. He organised master classes during his summer visit to the Czech Republic in Prague (together with Joel Hastings). By the end of the year he will record a new concert composition Flashes of Light by Ladislav Kubík to tne Neos´ label, which will be performed with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra in the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall (Florida State University), and he will realise a recital in the Concert Hall Spectrum in New York (Scarlatti, Ligeti, Kurtág and Chopin and the New York premiere of works by Jiří Kadeřábek, Miroslav Srnk and Michael Vincent Waller). 18.12. he will play the recital in Prague in Rudolfinum (Scarlatti, Chopin, Brahms, Janáček, Kurtág, Deer and Štochl).
David Kalhous takes an important place among the pianists of his generation. His flawless piano technique enables him to create deeply intelligent and at the same time intensely emotional interpretations of every work he performs. His recitals, chamber ensemble projects, and solo performances with orchestras have been met with enthusiasm by listeners and critically acclaimed by the American and European press.
... Exceptional traits distinguished the recital of the young pianist David Kalhous. We were witnesses to a continuous and arresting story, uniquely narrated and experienced. David Kalhous is an intelligent musician… In his performance, the sound of each note and chord is thought out in advance and consequently well communicated to the audience. His playing is technically exquisite, precise, and compelling, and he has the ability to become deeply immersed in the structure of the work…
Review of the Prague Spring recital debut at the Prague Academy of Arts in Hudební rozhledy (The Music Review), Prague, July 2006
... His take on the three parts of Janáček's In The Mists was masterful, intense, passionate and spot-on ... From the only slightly restrained macabre of the opening Andante, through the eerie cascades of the Andantino and then the… suspenseful Presto, Kalhous illuminated it with every veiled shade of menace he could conjure...
Review of a recital at Bargemusic, Brooklyn in Lucid Culture, New York, February 2009