Carlos Kalmar

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Carlos Kalmar
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Carlos Kalmar, shown here rehearsing with the Grant Park Festival orchestra in Chicago.
Background information
Born (1958-02-26) February 26, 1958 (age 64)
Montevideo, Uruguay

Carlos Kalmar (born February 26, 1958, in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan conductor.[1]


Kalmar began violin studies at age six. At age fifteen, he enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Music where his conducting teacher was Karl Österreicher. In 1984, he won first prize in the Hans Swarowsky Conducting Competition in Vienna. Kalmar has been music director of the Hamburger Symphoniker (1987–91), the Stuttgart Philharmonic (1991–95), and the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau. He was principal conductor of the Tonkünstlerorchester, Vienna, from 2000 to 2003.

In the USA, Kalmar has served the principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago since 2000. He is also music director of the Oregon Symphony, since 2003. In April 2008, the orchestra announced the extension of Kalmar's contract as music director to the 2012–13 season. In February 2020, the Oregon Symphony announced that Kalmar is to conclude his music directorship of the orchestra at the close of the 2020-2021 season.[2][3][4] In May 2021, the Cleveland Institute of Music announced the appointment of Kalmar as its next director of orchestral studies, effective 1 July 2021.[5]

Kalmar currently lives with his second wife, Raffaela, a violinist and nurse, and their two sons, Luca and Claudio, in Shaker Heights, OH. [6] Kalmar was born to Jewish immigrant parents from Austria.[7]



  1. ^ Macaluso, p. 194
  2. ^ "Oregon Symphony Announces 2020-21 Season, Celebrating Famed Conductor Carlos Kalmar's Final Year As Music Director" (Press release). Oregon Symphony. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-16.
  3. ^ Joe Ranieri (6 February 2020). "Oregon Symphony music director to step down after 2020-2021 season". KGW 8. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  4. ^ Douglas Perry (2020-02-07). "Oregon Symphony announces ambitious 2020-21 season, music director Carlos Kalmar's last; Wynton Marsalis on tap". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2020-02-16.
  5. ^ "Carlos Kalmar Named Director of Orchestral & Conducting Programs and Principal Conductor" (Press release). Cleveland Institute of Music. 10 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  6. ^ David Stablet (2011-02-19). "Carlos Kalmar brings fierce focus to the Oregon Symphony, but at a cost". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  7. ^ Amy Wang (2017-02-01). "Oregon Symphony conductor shares his immigration story". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2021-05-12.


  • Macaluso, Tony; Julia S. Bachrach & Neal Samors (2009). Sounds of Chicago's Lakefront: A Celebration Of The Grant Park Music Festival. Chicago's Book Press. ISBN 978-0-9797892-6-7.

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Preceded by
Heribert Beissel
Chief Conductor, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Miguel Gómez-Martinez
Preceded by Chief Conductor, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by Music Director, Oregon Symphony
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