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.
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