Dr. Aron Kallay
- Office Location:
- Oliphant Hall B01
- University of Southern California, Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano
- Pianist/composer 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 Aron 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."
Aron 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,The Global Village, and Classical Fiasco. He has also been broadcast live over the internet from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the California Institute of the Arts. Aron 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. He has appeared on numerous new music festivals, including Other Minds, Hear Now, MicroFest, Jacaranda, and In Frequency.
As a composer, Aron focuses on works for the beginning and intermediate pianist, as well as concert works involving electronics alone and electronics with acoustic instruments. Aron also believes in interdisciplinary creative work. He has collaborated 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. Aron is also the co-director and co-founder of People Inside Electronics (PIE), a concert series that features new and classic electro-acoustic music.
Aron received his Doctorate of Music Arts from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Daniel Pollack. Currently, Aron divides his time between practicing, performing, composing, writing about music theory and piano pedagogy, and teaching. He is on the faculties of the University of Southern California and Chapman University where he teaches piano, electro-acoustic media, and music technology Aron is an artist-in-residence with Catalysis Projects.