Pianist Joseph Kalichstein was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 1969, he won the Leventritt International Piano Competition. He has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the Berlin, London, Boston, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and London Symphony. He has played solo recitals and chamber appearances in annual tours of Europe, North America, the Far East, and Australia. Kalichstein has made regular appearances at the La Jolla, Aspen, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, and Verbier summer festivals. He has made recordings for Audiofon, Erato, Koch International, Nimbus, RCA, and Vanguard. He is a founding member (1977) of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, which was named 2002 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. He has been a chamber music consultant to the Kennedy Center since 1997 and he is artistic director of the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts at the Kennedy Center.
Kalichstein has studied in Israel with Joshua Shor. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where he studied with Edward Steuermann and Ilona Kabos. In the summer of 1969, he studied with Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Kalichstein has been a piano faculty member at Juilliard since 1983 and since 2003 has served as the Edwin S. and Nancy A. Marks Chair in Chamber Music Studies.