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Gilmore Young Artists Spring Spotlight

This May has been a busy month for several of our Gilmore Young Artists, and we applaud their accomplishments.

Daniel Hsu and Rachel (Naomi) Kudo

Photos: Chris McGuire and Courtesy Photo

2016 and 2008 Gilmore Young Artists Daniel Hsu and Rachel (Naomi) Kudo have advanced to the quarter finals of this year’s Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which is currently underway. The entire competition can be viewed online via Medici.TV.

Use #cliburn2017 to share your favorite moments from the competition, and be sure to keep an eye out for these two in the future.

Adam Golka and Orion Weiss

Photos: Peter Sanchez and Courtesy Photo

2008 Gilmore Young Artist Adam Golka incorporated Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 into his winter season, which was met with sterling praise by the Knoxville News Sentinel. Harold Duckett said, “Golka’s playing was light and full of the energy of the youthful Chopin, who was 20 and in love when he wrote it.”

Golka returned to New York in April to present a recital at Alice Tully Hall, including a performance of Franz Liszt’s “Reminiscences of Don Juan” for two pianos with 1999 Gilmore Young Artist Orion Weiss.

Golka will also perform this year at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on June 3 with a reprise of his “Van Cliburn: An American Hero” program featuring Beethoven and Chopin.

Andrew Armstrong

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

1995 Gilmore Young Artist Andrew Armstrong released a new album with violinist James Ehnes titled Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6 & 9 “Kreutzer,” which Gramophone called “remarkable discography,” and Harriet Smith hopes it will “herald a complete survey” of Beethoven.

Read the full review.

Ivan Moshchuk

Photo: Courtesy Photo

2010 Gilmore Young Artist Ivan Moshchuk filled in for Lise de la Salle at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit this May. At 25, he is already making quite a name for himself, as North Carolina music critic Paul D. Williams remarked: “So here is a young artist with matinee good looks and admirable stage presence. He has won more than his fair share of prestigious awards…what’s to prevent him from eventually assuming his place in the front row with this world’s great pianists?”

We are proud of these artists and wish them the best in their future endeavors. Our 2018 Gilmore Young Artists will be announced later this year and will perform at the 2018 Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Play on.

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