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Carlos Kalmar, shown here rehearsing with the Grant Park Festival orchestra in Chicago.

Carlos Kalmar (born February 26, 1958, in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan conductor.[1] He began violin studies at age six. At age fifteen, he enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Music where his conducting teacher was Karl Österreicher. In 1984, he won first prize in the Hans Swarowsky Conducting Competition in Vienna.

Kalmar has been music director of the Hamburger Symphoniker (1987–91), the Stuttgart Philharmonic (1991–95), and the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, Germany. He was principal conductor of the Tonkünstlerorchester, Vienna, from 2000 to 2003. Since 2000, Kalmar is the principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. He is also music director of the Oregon Symphony, since 2003. In April 2008, the orchestra announced the extension of Kalmar's contract as music director to the 2012–13 season.[2]

Kalmar lives in Portland Oregon with his wife Raffaela and their son, Luca.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Macaluso, p. 194
  2. ^ David Stabler (12 April 2008). "Oregon Symphony conductor renews contract". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2008-04-22.


  • Macaluso, Tony; Julia S. Bachrach & Neal Samors (2009). Sounds of Chicago's Lakefront: A Celebration Of The Grant Park Music Festival. Chicago's Book Press. ISBN 978-0-9797892-6-7.

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Heribert Beissel
Chief Conductor, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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Miguel Gómez-Martinez
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Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
Chief Conductor, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
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Jörg-Peter Weigle
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