Partitura Workshop

Maria João Pires Brings Partitura to the United States

Maria Joao Pires

May 17 – 26, 2023

Maria João Pires launched the Partitura Project in Belgium in 2012, with the aim to encourage cooperation and social engagement among pianists, and balance the dynamic among artists towards altruism rather than competitiveness. The Gilmore’s Partitura Project is the first realization of this project in the United States. Six invited pianists will join Ms. Pires for an intensive piano study residency at the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo (where The Gilmore’s offices are located).

Ms. Pires has worked with pianists from around the world, exploring and performing together as they invite meditation on the relationship that each individual has with their habits, culture, technique, and expectations. The Partitura model encourages interactions between participants, collective work sessions, and exchanges during meals together, as an alternative to traditional master classes. Ms. Pires believes a pianist’s personal relationship with music is inseparable from the role of the artist today.

The ten-day Partitura Project experience will include a performance by Pires and the students on Sunday, May 21, at 4 pm in the Stetson Chapel at Kalamazoo College. Program and participants will be announced from the stage.

You Can Audit The Project

Tickets will be required.
There is a pay-what-you-can ticket with the suggested price of $30 per day.
Auditing Dates
  • May 17–20 & May 22–26
  • 9 AM–12 PM & 2–6 PM

The general public will be allowed to audit the Partitura workshops in the Jolliffe Theater in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Auditors will be able to watch the Partitura Workshop just like observers can watch a master class.

Auditors will be expected to remain quiet throughout the workshop. No photos or videos are allowed to be taken. No participation from the auditors is allowed, especially in the form of asking questions, interjecting, or positioning oneself in the teaching space.

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2023 Partitura Participants / Pianists

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Francesco Granata

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Eric Guo

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Sooah Kim

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Ningjialu Liu

Ningjialu (Lulu) Liu

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Michael Lu

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Jiana Peng

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Questions About Education?

Please direct questions to Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, x125, Leslie Baron, Education and Community Engagement Manager, x130. For Piano Lab questions, please contact Liz Kelly, Piano Lab Coordinator, x103. Gilmore Office Phone: 269.342.1166.

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