CIM selects Carlos Kalmar to lead orchestral and conducting programs

Posted on: May 11, 2021

“On Monday, the Cleveland Institute of Music announced the appointment of Carlos Kalmar as principal conductor and director of orchestral and conducting programs,” writes Zachary Lewis in Monday’s (5/10) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “The selection ends a three-year search for a successor to Carl Topilow, who stepped down in 2018 after 37 years…. Kalmar, whose duties as a designate commence in July … has served since 2000 as artistic director and principal conductor of [Chicago’s] Grant Park Music Festival…. He also spent 18 years as music director of the highly regarded Oregon Symphony…. He said his intent is to be a partner, to leverage the talent of his faculty peers—many of whom are members of the Cleveland Orchestra—and develop a program that becomes the ‘gold standard’ of orchestral training…. With [president and CEO Paul] Hogle’s contract recently extended to 2028, the school is actively pursuing a vision of a smaller, more selective institution…. The conductor said he plans to settle in the area soon … and play an active, prominent role in the musical life of Northeast Ohio.” Said Kalmar, “I want to be part of this community and get to know people.”