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Carlos Kalmar is the principal conductor of Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival and music director of the Oregon Symphony. Mr. Kalmar was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, to Austrian parents. He studied conducting with Karl Österreicher at the College for Music in Vienna, and won First Prize at the Hans Swarowsky Conducting Competition in Vienna in June 1984. From 1987 to 1991 he was chief conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and general music director and chief conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra between 1991 and 1995. From 1996 through 2000, Carlos Kalmar was the general music director of the Opera House and Philharmonic Orchestra in Dessau, Germany. Between 2000 and 2003, he was principal conductor and artistic director of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna.
Upcoming engagements include returns to the Saint Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, and Vancouver Symphonies; the Residente Orchestre in the Netherlands; Czech Philharmonic; and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and debut concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements in North America have included subscription concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Kalmar’s international conducting appearances have included the Berlin Radio Symphony, National Orchestra of Spain, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hamburg State Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Zurich Opera. Carlos Kalmar’s recordings for other labels include CDs with the Jeunesse Musicales World Orchestra (Alban Gerhardt, cello soloist) and Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchestra for Austrian National Radio.
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