Originally from Queens, New York City, Bill Kalinkos is the newly appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Missouri - Columbia. He has been called "a powerhouse" (San Francisco Chronicle), "a superb performer" (San Jose Mercury News), and his playing has been lauded as "ethereal, yet grounded" (Oakland Tribune). His performance of Aaron Copland's Concerto was praised in the Oakland Tribune: "Kalinkos played casually, with the mysterious ease one hears in an accomplished musician."
Bill enjoys a diverse musical career as a member of critically acclaimed groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Deviant Septet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, and Splinter Reeds. Recognized by the Washington Post as a "notable contemporary music specialist," he has been fortunate enough to work with and premiere pieces by many renowned composers. As an orchestral player, Bill is the principal clarinetist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, a member of both IRIS Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and he has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. He received his BM from the Eastman School of Music, MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his DMA from Stony Brook University. Prior to his appointment at Mizzou, Bill served on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley. As a recording artist, he can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Nonesuch, Euroarts, Naxos, Mode, Orange Mountain, Albany Records, and Deutsche Gramophon labels. Bill is Deviant Septet’s Executive Director.