Edward Kalendar Piano & Composition Lessons

Edward Kalendar Piano & Composition Lessons

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Philadelphia-based composer, pianist and arranger, Edward Kalendar is equally at home with classical, jazz, pop and folk idioms. He is an insightful and dedicated instructor with over thirty-five years of teaching experience.

Mr. Kalendar's classical piano and composition, theory and jazz performance students have continued their music education at the Oberlin Conservatory, Princeton University, Harvard University, the Moscow Conservatory, the Jerusalem Academy of Music, Mannes College of Music and The Julliard School. Many former students of Edward Kalendar have become successful composers (classical, film and songwriters), jazz singers and instrumentalists. 

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Philadelphia, PA 19147
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  • Conor Jones

    Edward Kalendar is a phenomenal piano teacher. The breadth of his expertise and sheer passion provided me, personally, the opportunity to grow not just as a pianist, but also as a composer and appreciator of music. Even beyond his outstanding credentials as a player, his most impressive quality to me is his teacher's intuition. Edward finds in the student what drives his musical voice, and rather than dogmatically shoving the student through a treacherous traditional path, urges him towards what he actually wants to play in a cherishing yet tastefully strict manner. It's hard to imagine studying under another teacher after Edward Kalendar.

  • Karen Bergreen

    Mr. Kalendar is the kind of piano teacher they make movies about. He is passionate about his music and his students. He is demanding and supportive all at once.

  • Allan I. Stempler, M.D.

    I was his student for over 10 years. He is an inspirational teacher and dedicated to raise a student's ability from wherever they start to much higher levels. He made lessons interesting and fun. I looked forward to every lesson even when I was not prepared as I should have been. No matter, he made each lesson worth the while. I have studied piano for over 40 years with a variety of teachers. He was the most versatile and best suited for my needs.

  • Richard I Katz

    Edward Kalendar is an erudite, affable, accomplished musicologist, composer, conductor and performer with mastery of both classical and jazz piano. For the past year-ongoing- I enjoy ninety minute lessons working on theory, technique, and with emphasis on learning to understand and perform classical and jazz piano, including(almost) daily 60-90 minute practice sessions. The ideal instructor teaches not only what he knows, but what the student does. It know. For me, his genius and approach reflects his love of music and knack of communicating the depth and breadth of his musical knowledge and skills with infectious enthusiasm and encouragement. He has my heartiest recommendation. Richard I Katz

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I evaluate the student's abilities, ask them about their interests and tailor my lessons accordingly. I always aim for individalized balance of literacy, aquisition and creativity. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am classically trained as a composer, pianist and conductor. Among my teachers are famous French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Russian composers Aram Khachaturian, Boris Zeidman and Albert Malachov. 

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How did you get started teaching?

Upon my moving to New York in 1994 I was asked to teach classical and jazz piano and composition in Collegiate School in Manhattan from 1995-2014, where I worked with students ranging from 6-18 years of age. I also taught jazz piano and composition at the College for the Performing Arts in Tashkent in the 1980s.

What types of students have you worked with?

In my 30+ years of teaching-all age groups and levels.