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Commissions

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.

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

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