“Haley Kallenberg is one of Dubai's most intriguing solo pianists… Her music is rhythmically compelling, expressive and with a quirky sense of humor. Many of her works involve improvisation and spontaneous composition making each performance a unique experience.”
The Fridge October 25, 2011
Kallenberg was raised in the rural fishing village of Homer, Alaska, USA. She began studying piano at age three and took up composing as soon as she had command of the keys. She studied classical piano and composition throughout her entire childhood including three weeks at the Rachmaninov Institute in Russia when she was ten years old. At the age of twelve she was featured in performance with Moscow Philharmonic pianist Galina Preobrazhenskaya in the United States. As a teenager attending Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan, USA during 1998 and 2000, Kallenberg's compositions were said to be “…the best in the class” by Dr. John Beall. While growing up Kallenberg also had vast practical experience with the greater world of classical music while traveling with her mother, internationally known flutist, Terry Kallenberg.
Kallenberg graduated summa cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, USA where she finished a Bachelor of Music in 2005. While studying and living in Seattle Kallenberg's interest broadened to encompass many different genres. Today, as a result of her unique background of intensive classical training, higher education and international influences, Kallenberg is comfortable working in many different styles. Her original works and performances often involve elements of improvisation and spontaneous composition. Kallenberg has also played in a spontaneous composition ensemble directed by Julian Prister.
Kallenberg has done extensive performing of both her own original compositions and piano repertoire. Her career includes numerous concerts in Brazil, Europe, Japan, Dubai, Senegal, Lebanon and the USA. She made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall as a composer performer in the Ibla Foundation Winners Concert on May 1, 2012 in New York City. At the 2011 Ibla World Music Competition in Sicily, Italy, Kallenberg was awarded the Grand Prize “Most Distinguished Composer”. Additionally the International Jury committee made “Special Mention” of her own performance of her solo piano composition entitled “JEX.” She was featured in the winners’ concerts at Carnegie Hall performing her winning composition. She served as a jury member for IBLA's 2014 competition in Italy. In addition to performing, she has received a number of commissions for her work as a composer; including from members of the royal Al Mohair family in Dubai and Parthenia Viols in New York City.
Kallenberg's work as a music educator parallels that of her performing careers. Her teaching experience spans 15 years, including work in The USA, Europe, Japan, Brazil and the Middle East. She is an accredited teacher of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and holds the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) International Teachers Certification (ITC). She has lectured and given master classes on the topic of spontaneous composition at the Canadian University of Dubai and in Brazil where she has been a guest lecturer and master class teacher at the Universidade Federal da Paraiba of the same topic. She has held a variety of teaching artist positions worldwide from The Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City, to public schools in Salvador, Brazil's outer city community developments. For a her full teaching resume please visit her LinkedIn profile
Kallenberg founded and continues to maintain www.seattlepianolessons.com, implementing The Russian School of Piano Playing and promoting the pedagogy of Anna Danilovna Artobolevskaya (Анна Даниловна Артоболевская). Kallenberg also works as a cultural and educational events promoter and advocate for music. She has organized many events featuring musicians and developing an appreciation of arts within many communities around the globe.
" 'I want to make music education accessible for everyone perpetuating community and cultural communication,' Kallenberg told Gulf News."
Alice Johnson The Gulf News March 26, 2011
Kallenberg has also composed for and/or performed at home and abroad with the several artists including Galina Preobrazhenskaya, Talujon, Parthenia Viols, Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, The Esoterics, St. Helen's String Quartet, and Dr. David Witten to name a few. In Brazil she has shared the stage with some of the country's top artists including Paralamas do Sucesso, Wagner Tiso and Victor Biglione. She has studied composition with Dr. Eli-Eri Moura, Janice Giteck, Jarrad Powell, Amy Rubin, Dr. Daniel McCarthy, Dr. John Beall, Rogerio Borges, Dr. George Belden and Roger Nelson. She studied piano and composition with Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto. In addition, Kallenberg has also studied piano with Dr. George Lucktenberg, Alla Artemyeva, Jeb Patton, Dr. Ruthanne Schempf, Dr. Eduard Zilberkunt, Dr. Timothy Smith, Karen Strid-Chadwick, Dr. Peter Mack, Dr. Oksana Ezhokina, Julie Ann Smith, Tim Kennedy, Mark Sampson and Dr. Dwight Dickerson.