Alex Kalman

Composer, pianist and music teacher

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About

Alex Kalman is a concert pianist, ballet pianist, composer and musical arranger.

Kalman was born in the former Soviet Union in 1970. At the age of 7, he began his piano studies in the city of his childhood in Nikolaev, Ukraine, where he also graduated from the College of Music with honors. In 1989, he was accepted to the Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Kiev, capital of Ukraine. During his studies he participated in national competitions and won prestigious prizes. He immigrated to Israel in 1991 and was accepted to the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University and completed his studies in 1993. He was awarded a scholarship from the Keren Sharet America Israel Foundation.

He teaches piano at the Steinberg Municipal Conservatory in Holon and the Givat Brenner Music Center.

Kalman is a regular accompanist of the Telma Yellin High School Dance Department. He is a musical arranger in many productions and manages various ensembles. He performs as a soloist and member of ensembles, performs music in many styles and works of his own. In his performances he combines young musicians and promotes future generation players.

He writes piano music and various instruments. Alex's works attest to his knowledge of various musical styles.

One thing that characterizes Alex the most is the enormous interest in the various facets of music and the ability to get to the depth of style.

In his works you can find the aromas and flavors of genres and styles such as ragtime, jazz, Spanish music, Israeli "desert" models, South American music, Hasidic music and more.

He invites all these into his music and combines them with his personal interpretation and his unique way of music.

The result is a wide range of colorful musical works, flowing, very melodic, with an excellent harmonic sense, fascinating rhythms - music that is sometimes tonal and sometimes modal, and which evokes the composer's excellent improvisation.

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Interview

What das music means to you personally?

As for me, music is the personification of the human soul. I can feel it, condemn and judge it, love and hate it. My music is completely clear embodiment of my soul.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

I agree that music is fantasy like other types of art. Because only in fantasy we can live the other life, a life that only music fills us.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

I don’t know, maybe travel guide?

The classic music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

I don’t worried about it, the classic music always be founded by a new audience, because the music brings to the world truth and beauty.

What do you envision the role of music in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?


One of the roles of music was to connect between people. In this time music not only connect people, but also different worlds, unifies music styles in one, breaks the roles and borders.

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more creative? What is the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

I think that the musicians must always be creative and honest to themselves and to audience. When I play or write music I always seek for creativity and for my honest way in music, but not for fashion or mannerism.

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

I don’t have my favorite piece, I like my pieces equally. I can mark “Sea Colors”, this is one of the earliest pieces. I wrote it when I saw the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. The main theme plays violoncello, but in the first version it was Horn, like a shell. Another piece is “Cloud Dreams”, started from live improvisation, from deep concentration. I wrote notes later and just after that I called it “Cloud dreams”. You can imagine like you lying on the green lap and looking at the clouds, seeing them moving sprightly, running, disappearing ...

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classic music for themselves?

Hear a lot of music, meet with the musicians, learn to play music on their own and play together.

Do you think about the audience when the composing?

I don’t actually think about the audience when I write the music, I try to concentrate on myself, looking for my voice and after that I find it I think about many things, and the audience is one of it.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

One of my new projects is peace for wind Instrument. It can be multi-instrumental solo, alto saxophone, trumpet, flute, bassoon with piano. Another project is opus of 20 short piano compositions in melancholic and sad mood. Why sad, because without sadness, you can’t reach happiness!