Aron Kallay

Visiting Lecturer of Music

Department: Music
Personal Website:
Aron Kallay

Academic History

  • BFA, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MM, University of Michigan
  • DMA, University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise

  • Piano Performance
  • 20th and 21st century performance practice and literature
  • Piano Pedagogy

Personal Interests

Tennis, cycling, and family.


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) Fanfare magazine described him as “a multiple threat: a great pianist, brainy tech wizard, and visionary promoter of a new musical practice” and wrote of his latest release: "Kallay’s performance is that of a Liszt for the modern era, of a live electricity that is unforgettable."

Aron has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene. He is also the co-director of MicroFest Records, whose first release, John Cage: The Ten Thousand Things, was nominated for a Grammy® award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Aron is the founder and Artistic director of Brightwork newmusic and is on the faculty of Pomona and Scripps College.