Bill Kalinkos

Posted by September 13, 2012


Bill Kalinkos (clarinet) enjoys a varied freelance career as a member of Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Deviant Septet, and National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble. In addition, Bill has played with the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble de Sade, Metropolis Ensemble, Toby Twining Music, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and Anti-Social Music. Recognized by the Washington Post as a “notable contemporary music specialist,” he has been fortunate enough to work with and premiere pieces by some of today’s foremost composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, John Adams, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Zorn, among others. Past solo performances include Aaron Copland’s Concerto with the Columbia Civic Orchestra and John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons with Alarm Will Sound. As an orchestral player, Bill has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA, the Wordless Music Orchestra, and CityMusic Cleveland. He is currently co-principal clarinet of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and a member of IRIS Orchestra. He teaches at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley, and was recently appointed principal clarinetist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. He holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, an MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a DMA from Stony Brook University. As a recording artist, Bill can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Nonesuch, Euroarts, Naxos, Mode, Orange Mountain, and Albany Records labels. Bill joined the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 2012.