Murray Perahia was forced to cancel his entire American tour this spring, including an April 28 performance at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, due to an unexpected illness.
Ah yes, the lautenwerk, an instrument we all know and love. Who are we kidding? Almost no one knows what a lautenwerk is! But once you hear it in the hands of Kim Heindel, you’ll come to love it, at least.
It’s hard to put a label on Snarky Puppy, but that’s OK — we don’t need to. All you do need to know is that the jazz/pop/R&B/fusion/blues/etc. quasi-collective big band won three Grammy’s in four years, both for R&B performance and pop instrumental album.
“He has everything and more… He has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.” These words were spoken by legendary pianist Martha Argerich about Daniil Trifonov, shortly after his winning performance at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Argerich’s praise for the young Russian pianist has since been validated by numerous performances with the world’s most esteemed orchestras and venues, as well as recognition as Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year and two Grammy nominations. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Trifonov is consistently recognized for his diabolical yet elegant technique and transcendent artistry.
There has never been anyone quite like Wladziu Valentino Liberace. The child prodigy became the highest-paid entertainer in the world during the ’50s, known for his outrageously flamboyant showmanship and astonishing skill. At the same time, he was criticized for his loose interpretations of songs, consistently making them more dramatic than the original composer likely intended.
At the 2012 Gilmore Festival, Christian Sands captivated audiences with his invigorating take on standard repertoire and extensive vocabulary within the language of jazz. This year, the 28-year-old pianist returns with his trio for two shows at Bell’s Brewery.
For celebrated Harlem-based pianist and composer Emmet Cohen, jazz and his passion for the music to which he’s devoted his life is all about connections.
Kirill Gerstein’s repertoire spans a breadth of styles, yet his masterful fingertips reveal the unique depth and inner beauty of every piece.
Whether it’s a kitchen table, the fireplace or in front of the television, people gravitate toward certain spaces to connect, share and live. In the home of Leonard Bernstein, the piano acted as that social magnet to draw family and friends together.
When legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck was asked if jazz was dead in a 1989 interview with The Christian Science Monitor, the musician quickly defended the genre’s viability, saying it was quintessential to the U.S. music scene, if not America itself.
Winning the Gilmore Artist Award is lifechanging, and yet no one sees it coming. There’s no competition to enter — it can only be earned by being one of the greatest young pianists in the world.
During the festival, music isn’t the only cause for celebration. The performers, composers and conductors who make music possible matter just as much, which is why the Gilmore is celebrating their birthdays. Check out the list below to see which composers and pianists will have their big day commemorated.
Pianist Orion Weiss is making his return to the Gilmore Keyboard Festival for the first time in over a decade.
When Leon Fleisher was four years old, his mother gave him two choices: he could become the first Jewish president of the United States, or he could become a great pianist.
When Julien Labro performs, he wants to change your mind about what the accordion can do.
When Dan Gustin joined the Gilmore Keyboard Festival at the turn of the millennium, the festival was nine days long. Since then, the event has grown to 18 days, expanded its education and community engagement programs, created an endowment, and increased its commissions of new keyboard music, all under Gustin’s leadership.
Lori Sims’ ability to embrace new possibilities as a concert pianist has given her opportunities to broaden the appeal of classical music to the youngest concertgoers.
Igor Levit’s performance mindset changes day to day, but it always factors in one significant element. “I care about people. That’s what drives me. Not necessarily places or pianos, but people,” he said.
Becoming the new director of an internationally renowned festival just a few months before performers and the audience show up would be a daunting task for anyone, especially when filling in the shoes of a well-known predecessor.
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