The Gilmore


The creation of new music for the keyboard is an important part of The Gilmore’s overall mission. Nearly every Gilmore International Keyboard Festival includes the premiere of newly commissioned work for keyboard instruments. Listed below are the compositions commissioned by The Gilmore solely, or in collaboration, since the first Festival in 1991.

Year Composer Title / Description of Piece Co-Commissioned By Commissioned For
2016 Felipe Lara Injust Intonations (#BlackLivesMatter) Conrad Tao, (2012 GYA)
2016 Oliver Knussen Untitled Kirill Gerstein, (2010 GA)
2016 Stephen Hough Piano Sonata No. 4 (Vida Breve) Micah McLaurin, (2016 GYA)
2016 John Supko Work for solo piano & electronics Conrad Tao, (2012 GYA)
2016 Michel Legrand Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
2016 Matthew Aucoin Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
2014 Michael Gordon Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars…(or, To Everyone Who Made My Life Miserable, Thank You.), for six pianos Bell’s Brewery Grand Band
2012 Alexander Goehr Variations (Homage to Haydn), Op. 93 Kirill Gerstein (2010 GA) Kirill Gerstein (2010 GA)
2012 Timo Andres Old Friend Kirill Gerstein (2010 GA) Kirill Gerstein (2010 GA)
2012 Brad Mehldau Variations on a Melancholy Theme Kirill Gerstein (2010 GA) Kirill Gerstein (2010 GA)
2012 Chick Corea The Visitors (for piano and vibraphone) Berklee College of Music; The Fine Family Foundation; Karlsons & Associates, LLC; Tom and Donna Lambert; Peter and Libby Seaver in memory of Patricia Holmes Clark Kirill Gerstein (2010 GA)
2012 Michael Daugherty Everybody’s Got the Right Anthony de Mare’s Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano project
2011 Mason Bates Devil’s Radio Yuja Wang (2006 GYA)
2011 Fred Hersch Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky Natasha Paremski (2006 GYA)
2010 Oliver Knussen Ophelia’s Last Dance Russell Gabier Fund Kirill Gerstein (2010 GA)
2010 Nico Muhly Drones & Piano Joan Sharda Bruce Brubaker
2008 Richard Danielpour Fantasy for Piano Adam Golka (2008 GYA)
2008 Yevgeniy Sharlat Sonata (2008) Christopher Falzone (2004 GYA)
2008 Frederick Rzewski Natural Things, for piano and chamber ensemble Opus 21 and Carnegie Hall Opus 21
2006 Carl Vine 3rd Piano Sonata Australian Arts Council & The Colburn School Elizabeth Schumann (2004 GYA)
2006 Elliott Carter Intermittences Carnegie Hall Peter Serkin
2006 Curtis Curtis-Smith Concerto for violin, piano, and strings Kuopio Symphony Orchestra (Finland) and an anonymous local donor Ralf Gothóni & Elina Vahälä / Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
2004 Richard Adams Tandem Voices, for two pianos & percussion ensemble Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra & the Western Michigan University Centennial Committee Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra; Lori Sims & Silvia Roederer
2004 Derek Bermel – William Bolcom – C. Curtis-Smith – David Del Tredici – Lukas Foss – Ralf Gothóni – Fred Hersch – Jennifer Higdon – Fred Lerdahl – Bright Sheng – Stanley Walden – Mischa Sarche Zupko “Thirteen Ways of Looking at The Goldberg,” Variations on the Aria from the J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations Gilbert Kalish
2004 Bruce Brubaker PIANOMorphosis, a multi-disciplinary recital, with music by John Adams and Philip Glass Steinway Piano Bruce Brubaker
2002 Basil Twist Basil Twist’s Petrushka, a puppet version of the Stravinsky ballet, set for two pianos Lincoln Center and the Walker Art Institute Basil Twist
2000 Louis Andriessen, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Chen Yi, Hannibal, John Harbison, Wolfgang Rihm, Frederic Rzewski, Tan Dun and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich The Carnegie Hall Millennium Piano Book Carnegie Hall Ursula Oppens
1998 Michael Daugherty Route 66, for orchestra The National Endowment for the Arts Detroit Symphony Orchestra
1994 Lowell Lieberman Nocturne for solo piano Peter Serkin Peter Serkin
1994 Ned Rorem Piano Concerto No. 4 Curtis Institute (Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation) & the National Endowment for the Arts Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra / Gary Graffman
1991 Ramon Zupko Fluxus No. 9 for piano and tape Abraham Stockman
1991 Curtis Curtis-Smith Concerto for left hand and orchestra Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra / Leon Fleisher