BILL KALINKOS – Clarinetist, National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble
Originally from Queens, New York City, clarinetist Bill Kalinkos enjoys a diverse musical career. He is a member of the critically acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound, with whom he has appeared internationally and recorded on Cantaloupe and Nonesuch labels. Performances with AWS include those at Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Lincoln Center Festival, Miller Theatre, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kitchen, the Kimmel Center, (le) Poisson Rouge, Stanford Lively Arts, Duke Performances, Warhol Museum, Whitney Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), The Barbican (London), Märzmusik (Berlin Philharmonie), Art November (Moscow), Pro Arte (St. Petersburg), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Musikfest (Bremen), Sacrum Profanum (Krakow), and TransArt (Bolzano). Bill is also a founding member of Ensemble Signal with whom he has recorded for the Orange Mountain and Mode labels and has performed at venues such as the Tanglewood Festival for Contemporary Music, Cleveland Museum of Art, Bang on a Can Marathon in New York and Philadelphia, and June in Buffalo. He serves as clarinetist and executive director of the newly formed Deviant Septet, a group dedicated to fulfilling Igor Stravinsky's vision of creating a repertoire for his The Soldier's Tale ensemble. In addition, Bill has played with Eco Ensemble for the Cal Performances series, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble de Sade, Slee Sinfonietta, Metropolis Ensemble, Toby Twining Music, Fire Wire Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and Anti-Social Music.
Bill received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he studied with Daniel Gilbert, formerly of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Alan Kay, a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Bill has presented master classes across the country at schools such as Eastman, University of Miami, Otterbein College, Youngstown State University, and University of Missouri. Educational residencies include those at New York University, James Madison University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Duke University, and Harvard University. He has presented visiting artist recitals at a number of these schools and has curated multiple concerts at Town Hall Seattle, including a performance of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. A review of the concert in Seattle Crosscut stated that...
In the 'abyss of the birds' (the third movement, for clarinet alone), Kalinkos provided a highlight with his liquid phrasing and extraordinary dynamic range from tantalizing near-silence to violent squawks.A 2009 Town Hall Seattle show of five world premieres inspired the creation of The Links, along with violinist Yuki Numata and cellist Joshua Roman, a group dedicated to performing music beyond traditional styles. The Links have since played at WNYC's Greene Space, Palm Beach State College, and the inaugural Queens New Music Festival.
Bill's most recent album releases include music by John Aylward, with East Coast Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Matthias Pintscher, on Albany Records and music by Jonathan Leshnoff, with IRIS Orchestra, on Naxos. Upcoming releases include discs of music by Caleb Burhans and Derek Bermel with AWS, and Steve Reich's Double Sextet and Music for 18 Musicians with Signal.