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Beginning his career in music at age 15 with a concerto debut at Carnegie Hall, he went on that same year to appear as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Four years later, he made his critically acclaimed recital debut at Carnegie Hall.
A graduate of the Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, Kobialka received his Masters degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His contributions to education over the past four decades have given him professorships at Catholic University of America, California State Universities of San Francisco and Hayward, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mills College, The University of California at Berkeley, UTSA and The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas.
He has commissioned over 30 works from such composers as Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Wuorinen, William Bolcom, Henry Brant, and Wayne Peterson. Dr. Kobialka has premiered both solo works and concertos for violin, including Ben Weber’s Violin Concerto, dedicated to him, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the late Robert Shaw. With the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, he gave both the American premiere of Toru Takemitsu’s “Far Calls, Coming Far,” and the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s “Rhapsody”, a work written especially for Mr. Kobialka. He also premiered Henry Brant’s “Litany of Tides” with the San Jose Symphony and George Barati’s Violin Concerto with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Some of the other composers who have written and dedicated works for Mr. Kobialka include George Rochberg, Meyer Kupferman, Lou Harrison, Vivian Fine, Henry Brant, Fred Fox, Arthur Custer, Theodore Antoniou, Marta Ptaszynska, and Benjamin Lees.
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