Né à Budapest, en 1986, il passe la plupart de son temps à New York où son professeur et mentor est Itzhak Perlman à la Juilliard School, où il prépare actuellement son Master en tant que boursier.
Il est reconnu comme l’un des plus prometteurs et charismatiques jeunes violonistes de sa génération. Récemment, il s’est produit avec l’orchestre Philharmonique de New-York au « Young People’s Concert ». Il a fait ses débuts au Carnegie Hall en 2008, et a joué dans salles comme l’Avery Fisher Hall, l’Alice Tully Hall, le Chicago’s Symphony Hall et le Metropolitan Museum of Art.
En tant que musicien de chambre, il s’est produit avec Itzhak Perlman lui-même et les membres du Perlman Music Program.
Il a remporté de nombreux prix et récompenses, tels que le 1er prix du Concours Internationale Carl Flesch, et le 1er prix à la Juilliard Concerto Competition, parmi tant d’autres.
Il joue un violon de Petrus Guarnerius, de 1721, prêté généreusement par la Juilliard Rare Instrument Collection.
Erno Kallai is establishing himself as one of the most exciting and charismatic young violinists today. In 2011 he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, under conductor Daniel Boico, playing Brahms’ Concerto at the Young People’s Concert series.
In 2008 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 2 with the Juilliard Orchestra, under James DePreist, which has got him a critically acclaimed review at the Strad Magazine. Erno played in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Chicago's Symphony Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, McCarter Theater, and the Palace of Arts in Budapest. As a devoted chamber musician, he has performed chamber music concerts with Itzhak Perlman and members of the Perlman Music Program through-out the US. He has played for Hungarian radio and Television, and appeared on the McGraw-Hill Company’s “Young Artists’ Showcase” with host Bob Sherman on WQXR. Erno’s regular recital partners include Rohan De Silva and Janos Balazs, pianists, and he has also collaborated with Mattias Jacobsson, guitarist.
He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first prize of the Eleventh Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in 2008, first prize at the Juilliard Concerto Competition in 2008, awards from the Semmering Music Festival in 2004 (which included the best interpretation of a work by Kodaly, and award for the best interpretation of a Viennese Classic work with his performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5), a Valerie Beth Schwartz Career Grant from Salone de Virtuosi in 2007, among others.
Born in 1986, in Budapest, Hungary, Erno Kallai began early violin training with his father, and already at the age of twelve, he had been admitted to the Exceptionally Talented Children’s class of the Franz Liszt University of Music. In 2006 he moved to the United States to study with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School, where he still continues his studies as a full scholarship student.
Erno Kallai is playing a 1721 Petrus Guarnerius violin, a generous gift from the Juilliard Rare Instrument Collection.