Obituary: Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, 76

Posted on: April 4, 2022

“Joseph Kalichstein, an Israeli-American pianist who was equally distinguished as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and a chamber musician, died March 31 at his home in Maplewood, N.J. He was 76,” writes Tim Page in Saturday’s (4/2) Washington Post. “The Juilliard School, where Mr. Kalichstein taught for many years, announced his death. The cause was pancreatic cancer. Over a career that spanned half a century, Mr. Kalichstein presented thoughtful, impassioned and deeply musical performances of the piano repertoire from Bach, Mozart and Brahms through the masters of the early 20th century, including Bartók, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. With his chamber ensemble, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, he … played contemporary works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Richard Danielpour and Daron Hagen, among others.… Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who knew Mr. Kalichstein from their student days [at Juilliard], called him ‘a musician’s musician, always thoughtful and imaginative.’ … In 1968, conductor Leonard Bernstein invited Mr. Kalichstein to perform on the CBS telecast of his New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts…. The following year, Mr. Kalichstein won the Levintritt Competition…. Joseph Kalichstein was born in Tel Aviv … on Jan. 15, 1946…. Survivors include his wife, the former Rowain Schultz; two sons … and three grandchildren. Mr. Kalichstein gave his final performance in Phoenix on March 17, when the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio played music by Schumann, Zwilich and Brahms.”