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IU Jacobs School of Music appoints violinist Grigory Kalinovsky to faculty

March 1, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that violinist Grigory Kalinovsky will join its String Department as professor of music in the fall of 2013, pending approval by the Trustees of Indiana University.

"A born teacher, a consummate artist and a nurturing pedagogue, Grigory is the perfect addition to the distinguished string faculty at Indiana University," said Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School.

"It is truly an honor to to join the esteemed faculty at the Jacobs School of Music and to become a part of the incredibly rich tradition of the school," said Kalinovsky. "I am very much looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues and students."

"The String Department is very excited to welcome Girgory Kalinovsky to our faculty," said Stephen Wyrczynski, department chair. "He brings a passion and skill for teaching that ranks him among the best."

Hailed by critics as a "superior poet" (Vancouver Sun), Kalinovsky has been touring the world with concerto engagements, recitals and chamber music performances, appearing at some of the world's most prestigious venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg. He has recently performed with the Nashville Symphony (US), Klassik Philharmonie Hamburg (Germany), KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic (South Africa), the Kwang-Ju Symphony (South Korea), Symphony Nova Scotia (Canada), the Bolivian National Symphony and the Guatemala Symphony, under the baton of Sidney Harth, Irwin Hoffman, Bernhard Gueller, Robert Stehli and François-Xavier Roth, among others.

As a devoted chamber musician and a founding member of the TAGI Ensemble, Kalinovsky has performed at numerous concert series and festivals, including the Asheville Chamber Music Series, the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Lucas Foss's Festival at the Hamptons and the Olympic Chamber Music Festival in Seattle, collaborating with such renowned musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Miriam Fried, James Buswell, Dora Schwarzberg and Paul Coletti.

His recording featuring Shostakovich's Violin Sonata and Twenty-Four Preludes for Violin and Piano with pianist Tatiana Goncharova was released worldwide by Centaur Records to great critical acclaim and was hailed by the composer's son, conductor Maxim Shostakovich, as "a must-have for any Shostakovich music connoisseur." The world-premiere performance of the Twenty-Four Preludes arranged by Dmitri Tziganov, with several of the transcriptions commissioned by Kalinovsky from the celebrated composer Lera Auerbach, took place at the Newport Music Festival in the summer of 2005.

As an active educator, Kalinovsky is currently on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Pinchas Zukerman's Young Artists Program in Canada and the Heifetz International Music Institute. He has taught at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland, the Summit Music Festival and at Pavel Vernikov's Festival "Il Violino Magico" in Italy. He has presented master classes at Meadowmount, the University of Maryland, the San Francisco Conservatory, Western and South Carolina Universities, and many institutions and festivals throughout Europe and Asia.

Kalinovsky has trained many talented students who have won top prizes at national and international competitions, including the Menuhin Young Artists Competition in England, and have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious conservatories, such as Curtis, Juilliard, Yale and the Manhattan School of Music.

Kalinovsky started his music education with Tatiana Liberova in his native St. Petersburg, Russia, and at age 16, became the youngest winner of the Bellini International Music Competition in Italy. He continued his education in New York, graduating from the prestigious Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Patinka Kopec and Maestro Pinchas Zukerman, later becoming the youngest violinist to join the faculty of his alma mater.