“Exquisite. Every sound sounded considered, alive, worthy of our wonder.” Mark Swed -LA Times
Pianists Vicki Ray and Aron Kallay have given hundreds of world premieres in Los Angeles and across the country. Mark Swed of the LA Times called them “Exquisite. Every sound sounded considered, alive, worthy of our wonder,” when they premiered John Cage’s The 10,000 Things in 2012.
The Ray-Kallay Duo is dedicated to expanding the sonic possibilities of the multiple keyboard concert, often using two acoustic grands, two keyboards, or combinations of both. In redefining the 21st century piano duo, they also frequently include live electronics and alternate tuning systems in their programs. Their repertoire ranges from icons of the genre to newly composed works crafted specifically for their unusual and special resources.
In addition to their thriving solo and chamber careers, Vicki and Aron are also music educators in Southern California: Vicki is Head of Keyboard Studies at the Herb Alpert School of Music (CalArts), while Aron teaches music technology, theory, and piano and the University of Southern California (USC), Pomona College, and Chapman University.
Described as “phenomenal and fearless” Vicki Ray is one of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano music. A long-time champion of new music, she has worked with some of the most prominent composers of our time, including figures as diverse as Gyorgy Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Elliot Carter more…
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“How do they do it? This play anything/anywhere/any time duo managed to take the most difficult keyboard duo ever written (Enno Poppe’s RAD! for two microtonal keyboards) and present it with grace, power, terrifying technique and a sense of humor, all at the same time. After tonight’s performance, I would go anywhere to hear them play anything, any time.” John Schneider, The Global Village –KPFK