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 a newly commissioned work for keyboard instruments. Many of the new works are a result of Gilmore Artists and Gilmore Young Artists Award funds and have been commissioned by the artists themselves, or in collaboration with other artists or institutions. The Gilmore itself has also partnered with several organizations, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, to commission important new works for the keyboard. Listed below are the compositions commissioned since the first Festival in 1991.

2019

Marc Neikrug

Composer

Poems for Piano Solo


Commissioned for Wei Luo (2018 Gilmore Young Artist)

2018

John Supko

Composer

One Hundred Thousand Billion Pieces for Piano and Computer


Commissioned for Conrad Tao, (2012 Gilmore Young Artist)

2017

Felipe Lara

Composer

Injust Intonations (#BlackLivesMatter)


Commissioned for Conrad Tao, (2012 Gilmore Young Artist)

2016

Stephen Hough

Composer

Piano Sonata No. 4 (Vida Breve)


Commissioned for Micah McLaurin, (2016 Gilmore Young Artist)

2016

Michel Legrand

Composer

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra


Commissioned for Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Co-commissioned by Bell’s Brewery

2016

Matthew Aucoin

Composer

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

2014

Michael Gordon

Composer

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


Commissioned for Grand Band

Co-commissioned by Bell’s Brewery

2012

Alexander Goehr

Composer

Variations (Homage to Haydn), Op. 93


Commissioned for Kirill Gerstein (2010 Gilmore Artist)

Co-commissioned by Kirill Gerstein (2010 Gilmore Artist)

2012

Timo Andres

Composer

Old Friend


Commissioned for Kirill Gerstein (2010 Gilmore Artist)

Co-commissioned by Kirill Gerstein (2010 Gilmore Artist)

2012

Brad Mehldau

Composer

Variations on a Melancholy Theme


Commissioned for Kirill Gerstein (2010 Gilmore Artist)

Co-commissioned by Kirill Gerstein (2010 Gilmore Artist)

2012

Chick Corea

Composer

The Visitors, for piano and vibraphone


Commissioned for Kirill Gerstein (2010 Gilmore Artist)

Co-commissioned by Berklee College of Music, The Fine Family Foundation, Karlsons & Associates, LLC, Tom and Donna Lambert, and Peter and Libby Seaver in memory of Patricia Holmes Clark.

2012

Michael Daugherty

Composer

Everybody’s Got the Right


Commissioned for Anthony de Mare’s Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano project

2011

Mason Bates

Composer

Devil’s Radio


Commissioned for Yuja Wang (2006 Gilmore Young Artist)

2011

Fred Hersch

Composer

Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky


Commissioned for Natasha Paremski (2006 Gilmore Young Artist)

2010

Oliver Knussen

Composer

Ophelia’s Last Dance


Commissioned for Kirill Gerstein (2010 Gilmore Artist)

Co-commissioned by Russell Gabier Fund

2010

Nico Muhly

Composer

Drones & Piano


Commissioned for Bruce Brubaker

Co-commissioned by Joan Sharda

2008

Richard Danielpour

Composer

Fantasy for Piano


Commissioned for Adam Golka (2008 Gilmore Young Artist)

2008

Yevgeniy Sharlat

Composer

Sonata (2008)


Commissioned for Christopher Falzone (2004 Gilmore Young Artist)

2008

Frederick Rzewski

Composer

Natural Things, for piano and chamber ensemble


Commissioned for Opus 21

Co-commissioned by Opus 21 and Carnegie Hall

2006

Carl Vine

Composer

3rd Piano Sonata


Commissioned for Elizabeth Schumann (2004 Gilmore Young Artist)

Co-commissioned by Australian Arts Council & The Colburn School

2006

Elliott Carter

Composer

Intermittences


Commissioned for Peter Serkin

Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall

2006

Curtis Curtis-Smith

Composer

Concerto for violin, piano, and strings


Commissioned for Ralf Gothóni & Elina Vahälä / Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Co-commissioned by Kuopio Symphony Orchestra (Finland) and an anonymous local donor

2004

Richard Adams

Composer

Tandem Voices, for two pianos & percussion ensemble


Commissioned for Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra; Lori Sims & Silvia Roederer

Co-commissioned by Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra & the Western Michigan University Centennial Committee

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

Composers

Thirteen Ways of Looking at The Goldberg, Variations on the Aria from the J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations


Commissioned for Gilbert Kalish

2004

Bruce Brubaker

Composer

PIANOMorphosis, a multi-disciplinary recital, with music by John Adams and Philip Glass


Commissioned for Bruce Brubaker

Co-commissioned by Steinway Piano

2002

Basil Twist

Puppet Artist

Basil Twist’s Petrushka, a puppet version of the Stravinsky ballet, set for two pianos


Commissioned for Basil Twist

Co-commissioned by Lincoln Center and the Walker Art Institute

2000

Louis Andriessen, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Chen Yi, Hannibal, John Harbison, Wolfgang Rihm, Frederic Rzewski, Tan Dun and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Composers

The Carnegie Hall Millennium Piano Book


Commissioned for Ursula Oppens

Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall

1998

Michael Daugherty

Composer

Route 66, for orchestra


Commissioned for Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Co-commissioned by The National Endowment for the Arts

1994

Peter Lieberson

Composer

Garland


Commissioned for Peter Serkin

1994

Ned Rorem

Composer

Piano Concerto No. 4, for left hand and orchestra


Commissioned for Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra / Gary Graffman

Co-commissioned by Curtis Institute (Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation) & the National Endowment for the Arts

1991

Ramon Zupko

Composer

Fluxus No. 9, for piano and tape


Commissioned for Abraham Stockman

1991

Curtis Curtis-Smith

Composer

Concerto for left hand and orchestra


Commissioned for Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra / Leon Fleisher

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