The Gilmore

Pre-concert talk begins at 7:00 PM. Free to ticket holders.

Our new 2014 Gilmore Artist Rafal Blechacz performs in solo recital at Chenery Auditorium. This concert—featuring works of Bach, Chopin, and Beethoven’s “Pathétique” Sonata—is always one of the most highly anticipated of the Festival!


Bach Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827
Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique”
Chopin Nocturne in A-flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2
Chopin Two Polonaises, Op. 40
Chopin Three Mazurkas, Op. 63
Chopin Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

Program Notes (PDF, 28 KB)

2014 Gilmore Artist Rafal Blechacz

Rafal Blechacz

2014 Gilmore Artist Rafal Blechacz has been praised as “one of the pianistic giants of our time” (The Sunday Times). This Polish pianist has been recognized for his intelligent and expressive interpretations of Chopin’s works, his abundant virtuosity and profound musicianship have incited equal acclaim for his performances of works by an increasingly wide range of composers, from Bach to Szymanowski.

In 2005, Blechacz was named the uncontested winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition – the first Polish musician to win the competition in 30 years. He has performed in Europe, Japan and North America, building critical acclaim and a huge following among piano aficionados.