Eli Kalman

Piano Faculty

Romanian-born pianist Eli Kalman has performed extensively in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Japan, United States and Canada. His lifelong passion for chamber music has been featured in performances at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, “San Francisco Performances”, “Tuesday Evening Concert Series” in Virginia, at the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, on the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston, the Connoisseur Series at Wichita State University, Myra Hess Series in Chicago and other. Solo and chamber appearances have also featured him as a soloist with the Water City Chamber Orchestra and on numerous live broadcast recitals on “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” on WPR and from WFMT Chicago.

As a recording artist, he offers works for solo piano and cello and piano by Erwin Junger (2001) and Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Rose Mary Harbison (2006), a CD entitled The Jewish Soul with cellist Amit Peled from the Peabody Institute (Centaur 2009). His solo CD entitled Homo Ludens (Centaur 2016), celebrated new piano music by Russian American composer-pianist Lera Auerbach and a Respighi CD album entitled Nebbie (Centaur 2018) with violinist Jameson Cooper promoted his latest research on Italian chamber music. His 2020 project focused on new music for horn, violin and piano, project culminating in a new CD entitled Advenio (Centaur 2020). The Advenio Trio features hornist Bruce Atwell, violinist Yuliya Smead and pianist Eli Kalman as a resident ensemble at UW Oshkosh.

As a scholar, Dr. Kalman’s research interests focus on neglected repertoire for strings and piano, compositions of Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti and Romanian-Israeli composer Erwin Junger, as well as on unpublished chamber works by Ottorino Respighi. His research led to the world premier publication of Respighi’s first Sonata for violin and piano (1897) published on A-R Editions/Special Publications, 2011. Dr. Kalman performed in Bologna, Italy at the invitation of the International Museum and Library of Music of Bologna honoring his contributions to the research, recording and performance of Respighi’s chamber music.

Prior to his teaching appointment at UW-Oshkosh in 2006, he has been on the piano faculty at the Center of Arts, Mizra in Israel and previously at the Lyceum of Arts, Baia Mare in Romania.


ADVENIO – New Trios for Horn, Violin and Piano by Atwell, Auerbach and Sargon – The Advenio Trio

Bruce Atwell, horn; Yuliya Smead, violin; Eli Kalman, piano

Centaur Records 2019

NEBBIE – Music for Violin and Piano by Ottorino Respighi - Jameson Cooper and Eli Kalman

Centaur Records 2018

HOMO LUDENS - Piano Music of Lera Auerbach - Eli Kalman, piano

Centaur Records 2015

Ottorino Respighi: Sonata in D Minor for Violin and Piano (1897) – Score and Violin Part

World Premier Publication edited by Eli Kalman on A-R Editions/Special Publications, 2011

“The Jewish Soul” - Amit Peled, cello & Eli Kalman, piano

Centaur Records 2009

Token Creek Chamber Music Festival - Sonatas for Piano and Violin of Robert Schumann

Rosemary Harbison, violin; Eli Kalman, piano, 2006