Kalish, Gilbert, American pianist and teacher; b. N.Y., July 2, 1935. He studied at Columbia Coll. (B.A., 1956) and the Columbia Univ. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1956–58). In addition, he took piano lessons with Isabelle Vengerova, Leonard Shure, and Julius Herford. He made his N.Y. recital debut and his European debut in London in 1962; then made tours as a soloist in the U.S., Europe, and Australia; also was active with the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Boston Sym. Chamber Players. He also was a regular accompanist to Jan DeGaetani. He was artist-in-residence at Rutgers, the State Univ. of N.J. (1965–67), and Swarthmore (Pa.) Coll. (1966–72). He was head of keyboard activities at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, and also taught at the State Univ. of N.Y. at Stony Brook (from 1970).
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