The Gilmore

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

André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to perform with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 50 years later, Watts has performed all over the world, has been awarded the National Medal of Arts, and has even appeared on the beloved program Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood to talk with children about music. He is making his first solo recital appearance in Kalamazoo since 2000 presenting a rich program of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Scarlatti, Debussy and Liszt.

This activity is supported in part by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.


Scarlatti Three Sonatas
Mozart Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Beethoven Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
Debussy Estampes
Chopin Three Etudes
Liszt La lugubre gondola No. 2
Liszt Étude de concert No. 3, Un Sospiro
Liszt Transcendental Étude No. 10 in F Minor

Program Notes (PDF, 26 KB)

Andre Watts

Andre Watts

André Watts’ discovery at the age of 16 and the resulting national exposure it created for the young pianist only served to deepen his commitment to music and his career. For more than 50 years, Watts has become a favorite soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, and he is a regular guest at the major summer music festivals, including Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Tanglewood, Eastern Music, and the Mann Music Center.

A much-honored artist, André Watts received a 2011 National Medal of Arts, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut (with the Philadelphia Orchestra), and is also the recipient of the 1988 Avery Fisher Prize. At age 26 Watts was the youngest person ever to receive an honorary doctorate from Yale University, and he has since received numerous honors from highly respected schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, The Juilliard School of Music and, his alma mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.