Pianist David Kalhous is increasingly gaining recognition in the United States and Europe for his wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous programming spanning more than three centuries. He has appeared as a soloist with Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Prague Philharmonia, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Chamber Philharmonia Pardubice, West-Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern New Music Ensemble, and Plzeň Philharmonic, among others, performing piano concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Brahms. As a recitalist and a chamber musician, he performed at the Prague Spring Festival, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Bargemusic in New York City, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, and Czech Radio's Studio Live Rising Stars Series. He also performed at the Prague and Vienna Academies, at University of North Carolina School for the Arts, and at the Tel-Aviv, Northwestern and Yale Universities, among others.
He has recorded for Czech Radio and Television, and has written, produced, and hosted programs devoted to piano music for Prague’s Classic FM Radio. Czech Television produced and showed a feature film about David Kalhous. His new CD will feature the complete piano works of Leoš Janáček.
David Kalhous’ interest in new music has resulted in collaboration with many composers who have dedicated works to him. He gave the debut performance of Ligeti's first book of Études and Feldman's For Bunita Marcus in Prague. A CD containing newly commissioned works for piano by six leading young Czech composers will be released in the next season.
David Kalhous studied at the Prague Conservatory with Jaroslav Čermák. He subsequently attended Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University, Yale University, and Northwestern University and studied with Paul Badura-Skoda, Emil Leichner, Victor Derevianko, David Northington, Peter Frankl, and Ursula Oppens. He also worked with Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West. He resides in New York City and is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Florida State University.