Biography

Carlos Kalmar was appointed Music Director of the Oregon Symphony beginning in 2003. He is also chief conductor and artistic director of the Spanish Radio/Television Orchestra and Choir in Madrid, and artistic director and principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
 
In May, 2011 he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Symphony as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival. Both his imaginative program “Music for a Time of War” and the performance itself were hailed by critics in the New York Times, New Yorker magazine and Musical America, and the concert was recorded and released on the PENTATONE label, subsequently earning two Grammy nominations (Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered). Under Kalmar’s guidance the orchestra recorded a second CD on the PENTATONE label - “This England, ” featuring works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, and Elgar.
 
A regular guest conductor with major orchestras in America, Europe and Asia, Kalmar made his subscription series debuts with three of America’s most prestigious orchestras: those of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Past engagements have seen him on the podium with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the New World Symphony, as well as the orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, Seattle and St. Louis.
 
Photo by Leah Nash
 

Discography

Elgar-Vaughan Williams-Britten - THIS ENGLAND

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Music for a Time of War

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George Antheil, Walter Piston, Aaron Copland - Spirit of the American Range

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Haydn - Symphonies Nos. 53, 64 & 96

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