edward244Philadelphia-based composer, pianist and arranger, Edward Kalendar (Eduard Kalandarov) is equally at home with classical, jazz, pop and folk idioms. He can discuss the subtle characteristics of a piece of Armenian folk music or a work by Lutoslavski, and then entertain you at the piano with standards by Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, or one of his own jazz or classical pieces.

Edward Kalendar enjoys fusing the harmonies and rhythms of jazz and classical music with ethnic music from many regions of the world. Few musicians can match his unique ability to hybridize dramatically different musical genres with such a depth of knowledge and eloquent versatility.

Mr. Kalendar’s compositions include: twenty-six film scores; concertos for cello and piano; a violin sonata; a symphonic poem for orchestra; a string quartet; dramatic music for classical theater; children’s and professional choral pieces; and over two hundred classical, popular, and children’s songs. Mr. Kalendar’s original music and arrangements are distributed worldwide by Melodia Records and Hal Leonard Corporation.

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  • Edward, I would like to thank you for two of the most enchanting performances this season. They were delightful, entertaining and thoroughly professional. I can’t imagine a day without your music!

    Jean A. Celender

    Mayor of Great Neck, NY
  • Mr. Kalendar amazed me with his technical expertise, knowledge of theory and warm personality… He opened a brand-new door in my musical career, illustrating to me that classical music is essential for knowledge of jazz.

    Matthew Merker

    Composer, Former Student
  • Performing Mr. Kalendar’s Sonata for Violin and Piano was a great honor and certainly a memorable experience. Mr. Kalendar expresses a warm and radiant passion for music; he is entirely devoted to music, consumed by it. In addition to being a wonderful classical composer, he is also superb jazz musician. This man continues to be a tremendous inspiration for me.

    Samuel Katz

    Violinist, Juilliard School
  • I love Edward’s improvisations! I would analyze his recording of jazz standards like ’Round Midnight or Take the A Train and then copy the entire improvisation by ear.

    Alexei Sultanov

    Gold Medal winner of the International Van Clibern Piano Competition (1989) and Second Prize winner of the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition (1995)
  • I believe all of the editing, sound syncing, and animation is DONE!  Edward, you have been a joy to work with and a brilliant musical partner.

    Lisa M. Weinberger

    Creative Director Masters Group Design, Philadelphia
  • Piano is not an ethnic Indian instrument, but (in your Indian-inspired improvisation) you were able to make it sound like one. Bravo, Edward!

    Amitabh Bachchan

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  • Dear Edward, Your string quartet arrangements were the hit of our annual benefit in March! We hope to be able to feature them again next season.

    Ruth Govatos

    President of the Board, Delaware Chamber Music Festival