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Photos for Rising Star Emmet Cohen

Published Monday, October 17, 2016

Jazz pianist Emmet Cohen performed as part of our Rising Stars series on Sunday, October 16 at the Wellspring Theater.

Photos for Rising Star Sean Chen

Published Monday, September 19, 2016

Sean Chen performed as part of our Rising Stars series on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at the Wellspring Theater.

Featured Video: Marc-André Hamelin

Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Montreal native Marc-André Hamelin has performed across the globe to great acclaim and is now considered one of the greatest pianists in the world. Watch him perform Earl Wild’s arrangement of “Liza” by George Gershwin. See Hamelin perform in our Piano Masters Series on November 5!

Featured Video: Sean Chen

Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The first performer in our Rising Stars Series, Sean Chen won the Crystal Award in the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition. Watch him discuss his beginnings as a pianist, his goals for his career, and his favorite color. See Sean Chen perform in Kalamazoo on September 18!

Featured Video: Pavel Kolesnikov

Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Upcoming Rising Stars performer Pavel Kolesnikov discusses his favorite composers, his teachers, and how he chose a career in piano over violin. “It’s incredible how easy it is to access [concerts and recordings] – this is what I like particularly about our time.” See Pavel Kolesnikov perform in our Rising Stars Series on December 4!

Featured Video: Seong-Jin Cho

Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016

South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho gained a worldwide audience with his victory at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition. Watch an interview with Cho. “Sometimes I get an enormous energy from the audience,” he says. “Sometimes I feel it’s electric on the stage.” See Seong-Jin Cho perform in our Rising Stars Series on February 19.

Featured Video: Roman Rabinovich

Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich is perhaps best known for his win at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition. The Israeli pianist has performed at several of the world’s greatest venues. Rabinovich is also a talented painter. See him at Wellspring Theater on January 22, and check out his artwork below!

Featured Video: Sir András Schiff

Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sir András Schiff is known as one of the most eminent pianists in the world. His interpretations of Bach have been praised by critics, who say the pianist “would make Bach proud” (New York Magazine), or that “there is nothing more reliable in the world of classical music today than pianist András Schiff playing Bach” […]

Featured Video: Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2014 Gilmore Young Artist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner has already had an impressive musical career. The youngest ever recipient of an associate’s degree, youngest admittee to The Juilliard School’s College Division, and first American soloist to perform in Iraq with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, Sanchez-Werner has built a name for himself. He also received the Atlantic […]

Featured Video: Emmet Cohen

Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jazz pianist Emmet Cohen works with students through the YoungArts Foundation, creating curricula and visiting schools to give lectures and lessons to younger pianists. “It’s important to keep them inspired,” Cohen says of working with kids. “Have them understand that playing music is fun – it’s not about practicing nine hours per day, slaving, and […]

Get to know the 2016-17 Rising Stars!

Published Thursday, June 30, 2016

This season, we’re bringing seven talented young pianists from around the world to Kalamazoo in our Rising Stars Series! That’s a record for us – the largest season in the series’ 17-year history. Get to know each young virtuoso – and subscribe to the series today! 1. Sean Chen – September 18, 2016 Sean Chen […]

Get to know Richard Goode!

Published Friday, May 6, 2016

Richard Goode performs at the Festival on May 11 in a solo recital at 8 PM and on May 12 with soprano Sarah Shafer at 2 PM. You can also see a master class with Goode on May 10 at 10:30 AM. Get to know a few facts about the American pianist! 1. Leonard Bernstein […]

Q&A with soprano Sarah Shafer

Published Friday, May 6, 2016

Sarah Shafer has made headlines recently as a performer in several productions with the San Francisco Opera, a member of the Emerging Artist program with Opera Philadelphia, and a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Shafer, who is quickly becoming “one of opera’s most sought-after sopranos,” performs at the Festival on May 12 with pianist Richard Goode. […]

5 things to know about Jeffrey Kahane

Published Monday, May 2, 2016

JEFFREY KAHANE is both soloist and conductor of the May 4 concert by the Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra, comprising members of the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. Read on for some trivia about this multitasking performer! 1. He compares chamber orchestras to sports teams. “The kind of communication, cooperation, commitment to ferocious standards of […]

Jeremy Denk’s program: A “ragtime shuffle”

Published Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Audiences around the country are surprised and delighted to hear Jeremy Denk’s current program of Bach’s Third English Suite, Schubert’s “Wandererfantasie,” and – between the two – seven ragtime (or ragtime-related) works that the MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner calls “an exploration of the joy and wit of syncopation.” “The basic idea all comes down to […]