A grand piano. An internationally renowned artist performing on your community’s local stage. Get a taste of Kalamazoo’s Gilmore International Keyboard Festival right in your own backyard. Experience a 50-minute concert of world class piano music accompanied by engaging visuals. Admission is always free, and the entire family is invited.
Pianist Terrence Wilson will guide you through the world of dance and movement through the sounds of the grand piano. The repertoire is still in development, but selections will be pulled from Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and other piano works from ballets or works influenced by dance.
Pianist Terrence Wilson has established a reputation as one of today’s most gifted instrumentalists. He has appeared as soloist with many prestigious ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C. (National), San Francisco, St. Louis, and New Jersey, as well as with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the orchestras of Cleveland, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. Abroad, he has performed with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Minas-Gerais State Symphony Orchestra, in Brazil, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to name a few.
Terrence Wilson is also active as a recitalist, having made his New York City recital debut at the 92nd Street Y and his Washington, D.C. Recital debut at the Kennedy Center. In Europe he has given recitals at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Louvre, in Paris. In the United States, he has performed recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Festival, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre and the La Jolla Chamber Music Society.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Wilson is a regular member of the Ritz Chamber Players. Terrence Wilson has also appeared at the Mann Music Center, Blossom Festival, Tanglewood and Wolf Trap in recitals, concerti, and chamber music. In the summer of 2015, Mr. Wilson performed for an audience of 12,000 at the Independence Day concert of the Grant Park Music Festival, in Chicago, which was broadcast live on the radio from the Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium Park. He also appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center and with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, CO.
Terrence Wilson has received numerous awards and prizes, including the SONY ES Award for Musical Excellence, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Juilliard Petschek Award. He has also been featured on several radio and television broadcasts, including NPR’s Performance Today, WQXR radio in New York, and programs on the BRAVO Network, Arts & Entertainment Network and public television. In 2010, Wilson was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Michael Daugherty’s Deus ex Machina for Piano and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. Terrence Wilson is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky. He has also enjoyed the mentorship of Romanian pianist Zita Zohar. A native of the Bronx, New York, he resides in Montclair, New Jersey.