Zalman Kelber

Zalman Kelber


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Pianist, Coach and Répétiteur Zalman Kelber has served on the music staffs of several American opera companies.  This past season, he worked as an assistant coach on main stage productions of Carmen, Don Pasquale and Ariadne auf Naxos as a Young Artist with Palm Beach Opera.  Prior to that, he served as répétiteur and fortepianist for Venture Opera's much-touted inaugural production of Don Giovanni in New York, where Opera News credited him for his "hefty" continuo playing.  This past summer he was a Young Artist at Glimmerglass where he was assistant coach for productions of Macbeth and the North American premiere of Vivaldi's Catone in Utica.   In prior seasons he worked on the music staff of the late Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival (summers 2010-2012), was an Opera Coaching Fellow at Aspen (summers 2013-2014), Resident Artist and Chorus Master at Shreveport Opera (2013-2014 season) and Pianist and Music Director for Opera Saratoga's outreach program (winter 2015).  This summer he will join the staff of Summer Opera Tel Aviv to work on a production of Le Nozze di Figaro.   With a passion for Baroque and Early Music, he has appeared as harpsichord soloist with University ensembles at Northwestern University and University of Oxford as well as Chicago's period-instrument ensemble, Baroque Band.  He also has a penchant for contemporary works: at Glimmerglass, he helped lead the preparation for a workshop of Philip Glass's newly-revised Appomattox and later performed excerpts at the Guggenheim Museum as part of the Works and Process series.  He joined the music staff of American Lyric Theatre for their 2015 workshop of Justine Chen's The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing.  In 2014, he performed several contemporary works at Aspen's Harris Hall as part of the festival's Chamber Music Series.   Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he received his dual undergraduate degrees from Northwestern in Piano Performance and African History.  He earned a Master's in Music from Oxford.
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