Joseph A. Kalisman has played cello with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for 24 years.
Born in Brooklyn, he grew up in Levittown, NY, and began studying music at age 9. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford where he studied with Paul Olefsky, Raya Garbousova and David Wells, and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Pennsylvania State University, where he was a graduate assistant to Leonard Feldman and the Alard String Quartet. He has played with the Hartford (Conn.) Symphony, the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony and the South Bend Symphony. He was manager of the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony from 1996 to 2009 and has been artist-in-residence at Fort Wayne arts magnet schools since 2009. He also is a Suzuki cello instructor and does freelance musical engagements with the Off Broadway Chamber Ensemble. In his spare time, Kalisman enjoys watching classic films and listening to classic rock and jazz. He is married to Susan Hall and has two grandchildren, Mya and Cameron.