Described as a “modern renaissance man,” (Over the Mountain Journal) Grammy® nominated pianist Aron Kallay’s playing has been called “exquisite…every sound sounded considered, alive, worthy of our wonder” (LA Times). “Perhaps Los Angeles’ most versatile keyboardist,” (LaOpus) Aron has been praised as possessing “that special blend of intellect, emotion, and overt physicality that makes even the thorniest scores simply leap from the page into the listeners laps.” (KPFK) Aron’s performances often integrate technology, video, and alternate tunings; Fanfare magazine described him as “a multiple threat: a great pianist, brainy tech wizard, and visionary promoter of a new musical practice” (Fanfare).
Aron has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene, regularly performing with Jacaranda, the LA Phil, Piano Spheres, and Wild Up!, amongst others. A sought-after recording artist, Aron has releases on Cold Blue, Delos, Deutsche Grammophon, and Populist Records. He is the co-director of indie label MicroFest Records, whose first release, John Cage: The Ten Thousand Things, was nominated for a Grammy® award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Aron was co-founder of People Inside Electronics and managing director of MicroFest throughout the 2010s, presenting cutting edge new-music to Southland audiences for over a decade.
More recently, Aron is the founder and artistic director of Brightwork newmusic, a non-profit organization dedicated to curating and presenting new work through their in-demand inhouse Pierrot + percussion sextet and underground concert series Tuesdays @ Monk Space. Through Brightwork’s robust education initiative, Project Beacon, Aron works with talented high school and college composers and performers from diverse backgrounds, ensuring that the next generation of Southern California musicians flourish in an ever more competitive musical landscape.
In addition to his solo and chamber work, Aron often performs with his duo partner, Vicki Ray, as the Ray-Kallay Duo. He is on the faculty of Pomona and Scripps colleges and spends his free time with his family, working on his tennis serve, and cycling around the San Gabriel Valley.