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Aleck Karis

Biography

Aleck Karis is a highly regarded American pianist, especially well known for his work in contemporary American music.

He obtained his bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his masters from the Juilliard School in New York, and teaches piano at the University of California San Diego. He lists his main teachers as Artur Balsam, Beveridge Webster, and William Daghlian.

Although his repertory extends over the three
Read more centuries of piano music, he is best known for his work as pianist for such groups as Speculum Musicae, the Contemporary Music Group, the League-ISCM Chamber Players, and SONOR. With these and other modern-oriented groups he has played in such works as Sollberger's Angel and Song; Mamlock's Panta Rhei for piano trio; David Rakowski's Imaginary Dances; Wuorinen's Percussion Symphony; Babbitt's Arie da Capo and Groupwise; Crumb's Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death; Lalo Schifrin's The Nick of Time; Jacob Druckman's Nor Spell nor Charm; William Kraft's Gallery 83; Wolpe's Oboe Quartet and Quintet with Voice; Rand Steiger's Double Concerto for piano and percussion; Poul Ruders' The Veils and Karl Aage Rasmussen's Movements on a Moving Line.

Karis has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Composers Recordings Inc., Bridge Records, Centaur, Nonesuch, and Koch International. As an accompanist his credits include the complete vocal music of Eliot Carter on the Bridge label, Laura Clayton's Cree Songs, and Tobias Picker's Romance for violin and piano. His solo piano recordings include an unusually programmed release on Bridge featuring music of Frédéric Chopin, Elliott Carter, and Robert Schumann, Roger Reynold's Variations for solo piano, a set of Mozart sonatas on Bridge, Eleanor Cory's Apertures, and the complete piano music (1911 - 1942) of Igor Stravinsky.

He has performed in concert with the New York's Y Chamber Symphony, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with various major symphony orchestras of the U.S. He has received a solo recitalist's fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two Fromm Foundation grants "in recognition of his commitment to music of our time." Read less
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  • 1.
    Allen Anderson: An Opportunity for Mischief
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1509 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allen Anderson
    Performer:  Curtis Macomber,  Charles Curtis,  Aleck Karis,  David Russell  ... 
    Conductor:  Ross Bauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rasa Saxophone Quartet,  Empyrean Ensemble
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    Webern, Wolpe & Feldman / Aleck Karis
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9420 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stefan Wolpe,  Morton Feldman,  Anton Webern
    Performer:  Aleck Karis
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  • 3.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 542 Release Date: 07/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Cohen,  Eleanor Cory
    Performer:  Laura Flax,  Allen Blustine,  Chris Finckel,  Aleck Karis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlantic String Quartet
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 518 Release Date: 07/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Winslow,  Ursula Mamlok
    Performer:  Jeanne Kostelic,  Walter Winslow,  Benjamin Hudson,  Chris Finckel  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 463 Release Date: 04/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Wuorinen,  Harvey Sollberger,  Nicolas Roussakis
    Performer:  Harvey Sollberger,  Aleck Karis
    Conductor:  Charles Wuorinen,  Daniel Paget
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music,  Manhattan Chorus
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    Donald Martino - Later Works
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1167 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donald Martino
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Allan Kay,  Stephen Gosling,  Carol Zeavin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
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    Lei Liang: Brush-stroke, Etc / Drury, Robison, Arditti String Quartet, Callithumpian Consort, Et Al
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lei Liang
    Performer:  Takae Ohnishi,  Chien-Kwan Lin,  Paula Robison,  Aleck Karis
    Conductor:  Stephen Drury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arditti String Quartet,  Callithumpian Consort
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    Chopin: Late Piano Works / Aleck Karis
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7271 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Aleck Karis
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  • 9.
    New Music For Concert
    Label: Beauport Classical   Catalog: 5637219143 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel Schnyder,  Gregory Robin,  James Sproul,  Scott Nowicki  ... 
    Performer:  Aleck Karis,  Diane Boyd Schultz,  Curtis Macomber,  Michael Hurley  ... 
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    American Classics - Wolpe / Group For Contemporary Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559262 Release Date: 07/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stefan Wolpe
    Performer:  Theodore Arm,  Fred Sherry,  Toby Appel,  Curtis Macomber  ... 
    Conductor:  Harvey Sollberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
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    Mackey: Interior Design / Macomber, Nidel
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9183 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steven Mackey
    Performer:  Curtis Macomber,  Maureen Gallagher,  Susan Palma,  Gregory Hesselink  ... 
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    Music Of Mario Davidovsky Vol 3 / Speculum Musicae
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9171 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Davidovsky
    Performer:  Susan Nidel,  Curtis Macomber,  Eric Bartlett,  Maureen Gallagher  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Milarsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae,  Manhattan School of Music Percussion Ensemble
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    Applebaum: Martian Anthropology / Stanford So
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 617 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Applebaum
    Performer:  Scott Walton,  Vanessa Tomplinson,  Aleck Karis
    Conductor:  Jindong Cai,  Ann Krinitsky,  J. Karla Lemon,  Mark Applebaum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanford Symphony Orchestra,  The UCSD Singers
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    Morton Feldman: Patterns In A Chromatic Field
    Label: Tzadik   Catalog: 8002 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Feldman
    Performer:  Charles Curtis,  Aleck Karis
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    American Masters - Ursula Mamlock / Parnassus, Sollberger
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 891 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ursula Mamlok
    Performer:  Samuel Baron,  Fred Sherry,  Harvey Sollberger,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Korf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus,  Da Capo Chamber Players
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    Crumb: Songs, Drones & Refrains Of Death / Speculum Musicae
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9028 Release Date: 06/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Crumb
    Performer:  Jan DeGaetani,  Gilbert Kalish,  Lambert Orkis,  Erik Charlston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
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    Cowell: The Universal Flute;  Davidovsky, Et Al / Rudich
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4012 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Davidovsky,  Donald Martino,  John Harbison,  Charles Wuorinen  ... 
    Performer:  Rachel Rudich,  Robert Rinehart,  Rolf Schulte,  Fred Sherry  ... 
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  • 18.
    Glass: Piano Music / Aleck Karis
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7204 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Aleck Karis
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    Cage: Sonatas And Interludes, Etc / Aleck Karis
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9081 Release Date: 08/18/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Cage
    Performer:  Aleck Karis
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    Primosch: Icons - Piano Quintet, Etc
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80523 Release Date: 04/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Primosch
    Performer:  Erica Kiesewetter,  Jonathan Spitz,  Cameron Grant,  Aleck Karis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonardo Trio,  Cavani String Quartet
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    Quartet Romantic - Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, Et Al
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80285 Release Date: 04/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Joseph Becker,  Lou Harrison,  Ruth Crawford Seeger,  Henry Cowell  ... 
    Performer:  Madeleine Shapiro,  Lois Martin,  Linda Quan,  Evan Paris  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond DesRoches
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Jersey Percussion Ensemble
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    Cowell: The Universal Flute - Works By American Composers / Rachel Rudich
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1012 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Cowell,  Karl Kohn,  Mel Powell,  Charles Wuorinen  ... 
    Performer:  Rachel Rudich,  Karl Kohn,  Margaret Kampmeier,  Fred Sherry  ... 
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    American Masters - Sollberger: Chamber Variations, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 743 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harvey Sollberger
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Harvey Sollberger,  Charles Wuorinen,  Allen Blustine  ... 
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller,  Harvey Sollberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music,  Da Capo Chamber Players
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    Drawn From Life - Music Of Allen Anderson / Karis, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 727 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allen Anderson
    Performer:  Aleck Karis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lydian String Quartet
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    James Dashow, Thomas Delio / Linder, Shick, Maur, Et Al
    Label: Neuma   Catalog: 90 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas DeLio,  James Dashow
    Performer:  Steven Schick,  Aleck Karis,  Sandra Sprecher,  Jacques Linder  ... 
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