Described as a “modern renaissance man,” (Over the Mountain Journal) Grammy® nominated pianist Aron Kallay‘s playing has been called “exquisite…every sound sounded considered, alive, worthy of our wonder” (LA Times).  “Perhaps Los Angeles’ most versatile keyboardist,” (LaOpus) Aron 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.” (KPFK) Aron’s performances often integrate technology, video, and alternate tunings; Fanfare magazine described him as “a multiple threat: a great pianist, brainy tech wizard, and visionary promoter of a new musical practice.”

Aron has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene. He is the co-founder and board president of People Inside Electronics (PIE), a concert series dedicated to classical electroacoustic music, the managing director of MicroFest, Los Angeles’ annual festival of microtonal music, and the co-directer of the underground new-music concert series Tuesdays@MONK Space. He is also the co-director of MicroFest Records, whose first release, John Cage: The Ten Thousand Things, was nominated for a Grammy® award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Aron has recorded on MicroFest, Cold Blue, Delos, and Populist records. In addition to his solo work, Aron is currently a member of the Pierrot + percussion ensemble Brightwork newmusic, the Varied Trio, and the Ray-Kallay Duo. He is on the faculty of Pomona College and Chapman University.

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 D.M.A. in Piano Performance with Minors in Music Theory, Composition, and Electroacoustic Media

Grammy-Nominated Pianist (2014)

  

EDUCATION

2005-2009 Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, University of Southern California

1999-2001 Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, University of Michigan

1995-1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance, Carnegie Mellon University

1997-1999 Certificate in Piano Pedagogy, Carnegie Mellon University

Piano Studies with Ralph Zitterbart, Louis Nagel, Thomas Mastroianni, and Daniel Pollack

Piano Pedagogy Studies with Hanna Wu Li, Joanne Smith, and John Ellis

Electro-Acoustic Media Studies with Dennis Thurmond

Composition Studies with Brian Head

Theory Studies with Robert Moore

 

EXPERIENCE

2013-Present Founding Member and Director, Brightwork newmusic

 2013-Present Founding Member, Varied Trio

 2012-Present Founding Member, The Ray-Kallay Duo

 2012-Present Co-Director, MicroFest Records

 2011-Present Lecturer, Chapman University, Orange, California

 2011-Present Visiting Lecturer, Pomona College, Claremont, California

 2009-Present Adjunct Instructor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

 2000-Present Concert Pianist

 2009-Present Executive Director/Board President, People Inside Electronics (PIE) Concert Series, Los Angeles, California

 2011-Present Co-Director, MicroFest Concert Series, Los Angeles, California

 2007-Present Self-Employed Piano Instructor, Los Angeles, California

 2006-2008 Assistant to Professor Daniel Pollack, Keyboard Department, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

 2006-2008 Piano Faculty, Los Angeles Music and Art School, East Los Angeles, California

 2002-2004 Director, Theory Department, The Academy of Music, Gaithersburg, Maryland

 1999-2001 Secondary Class Piano Faculty, University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

COLLEGE COURSES TAUGHT

Carnegie Mellon University Piano Lessons for Non-majors

University of Michigan Piano 110 – Beginning group piano for non-piano majors

University of Michigan Piano 111 – Intermediate group piano for non-piano majors

University of Michigan Piano 112 – Advanced group piano for non-piano majors

University of Southern California MPKS 501 – Private lessons in Electro-Acoustic Media

University of Southern California MPKA 301 – Private piano lesson for non-majors

Pomona College MUS 96a – Electronic Music Studio

Pomona College MUS 96b – Advanced Electronic Music Studio

Pomona College MUS 4 – Fundamentals of Music Theory

Chapman University MUS 244 – Introduction to Music Technology

Chapman University MUS 344 – Advanced Music Technology

 

AWARDS, HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS

2014 Grammy Nominee, Best Chamber Music Performance for The Ten Thousand Things

2011 Artist-In-Residence, Catalysis Projects

2010 Winner, Subito Grant, San Francisco Chapter of the American Composers Forum

2009-Present Faculty Advisor, USC Chapter of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers

2009-Present Member, American Composers Forum

2009-Present Member, Music Teachers Association of California

2008-Present Member, California Association of Professional Music Teachers

2007-Present Member, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States

2000-PresentMember, Music Teachers National Association

2009 Graduated With Distinction from the University of Southern California

2009 Inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society

2008 Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society

2005-2009 Scholarship Student of Professor Daniel Pollack, University of Southern California

2006-2007 President, Student Chapter of the CAPMT, University of Southern California

1999-2001 Graduate Student Instructor, Full Assistantship, University of Michigan School of Music