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Kate Liu
2017-2018 Gilmore Rising Star
KATE LIU

Born in Singapore and raised in Chicago, Kate Liu began playing piano at the age of four. By six, she attended the gifted music program of the Yamaha Music School in Singapore, and continued her studies at the Music Institute of Chicago with Alan Chow, Micah Yui and Emilio del Rosario. At 14, she performed with Lang Lang at Chicago’s Symphony Center. Currently, Liu is pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music under the guidance of Robert McDonald. Among many other honors, Liu won third prize at the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2015, and was awarded the special prize for best performance of a Mazurka. She has performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic in addition to several symphony orchestras throughout the U.S.

Sun 9/17/17 4:00PM Wellspring Theater KATE LIU


ASMF Octet
2017-2018 Fontana
ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS OCTET

“Compelling grandeur…masterful.”– BBC Music Magazine

KORNGOLD                Sextet for Strings in D Major, Op. 10
SHOSTAKOVICH         Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11
MENDELSSOHN         Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20

Sat 10/7/17 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS OCTET


Zlata Chochieva
2017-2018 Gilmore Rising Star
ZLATA CHOCHIEVA

Born in Moscow in 1985, Zlata Chochieva began her musical education at the age of four, studying piano with Nina Dolenko at Flier Music School. From 2000 to 2003, she continued her studies under the supervision of Mikhail Pletnev at Central Special Music School, and in 2012 graduated with distinction from Moscow State Conservatory under the instruction of Pavel Nersessian. Chochieva went on to participate in master classes with many world-renowned professors, including Pavel Gililov, Pascal Devoyon, Dmitriy Bashkirov, Paul Badura-Skoda, Abdel El Bacha, Jerome Lowenthal, Stephen Kovacevich. From 2012 to 2014, she attended the Postgraduate Course at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, the class of Professor Jacques Rouvier, who in 2013 appointed Chochieva his assistant.

Sun 10/15/17 4:00PM Wellspring Theater ZLATA CHOCHIEVA


Christina & Michelle Naughton
2017-2018 Gilmore Rising Star
CHRISTINA & MICHELLE NAUGHTON

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton were born in New Jersey, and grew up in Wisconsin where their first piano lessons were given by their mother. Growing up, the sisters performed individually until, at the age of 18, a concert presenter requested that they perform together. That marked the beginning of their preference to perform as a duo. Both are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. Their professional careers were launched in 2010 with debuts at the Kennedy Center and at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The following year the Naughtons performed in Munich’s Herkulessaal and began to establish their reputation outside of the U.S. They are Steinway Artists, and recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics. They now live in New York City.

Sun 11/5/17 4:00PM Wellspring Theater CHRISTINA & MICHELLE NAUGHTON


Stephen Hough
2017-2018 Fontana
STEPHEN HOUGH, piano

"A virtuoso who begins where others leave off" - Washington Post

DEBUSSY             Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque No. 3, L. 75/3
DEBUSSY             Images Book II
SCHUMANN        Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
DEBUSSY             La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune (Préludes Book II)
DEBUSSY             Images Book I
BEETHOVEN        Sonata 23 in F minor Op. 57, Appassionata

Fri 11/10/17 7:30PM Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre STEPHEN HOUGH, piano


Andrew Tyson
2017-2018 Gilmore Rising Star
ANDREW TYSON

Andew Tyson is a native of North Carolina. A 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Tyson gave his New York recital debut at Merkin Hall and his Washington, D.C., debut at the Kennedy Center that same year. As winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, he was awarded the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and the John Browning Memorial Prize. Tyson made his orchestral debut at age 15, and after early studies with Dr. Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano. He has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia.

Sun 12/3/17 4:00PM Wellspring Theater ANDREW TYSON


New York Polyphony
2017-2018 Fontana
NEW YORK POLYPHONY, SING THEE NOWELL

Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” - National Public Radio

Sing Thee Nowell is the follow-up to the GRAMMY-nominated CD Times Go by Turns. Seven centuries of Christmas pass before the listener with new works composed for the ensemble by Michael McGlynn, Andrew Smith and John Scott, alongside traditional medieval and Renaissance carols and motets by Clemens ‘non Papa,’ Philippe Verdelot and Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Fri 12/8/17 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU NEW YORK POLYPHONY, SING THEE NOWELL


Nathan Gunn
2017-2018 Fontana
NATHAN GUNN, baritone
JULIE JORDAN GUNN, piano

Nathan Gunn and pianist Julie Jordan Gunn perform a recital of selections from the Great American Songbook. Nathan Gunn, one of today’s most in-demand singers, has performed title roles at the world’s great opera houses, is a champion of new works, and has appeared as soloist with premier symphonies at home and abroad.

Sat 1/20/18 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU NATHAN GUNN, baritone
JULIE JORDAN GUNN, piano


Shanghai Quartet
2017-2018 Fontana
WU MAN, pipa
SHANGHAI QUARTET

The acclaimed Shanghai Quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Wu Man unite to perform new works by contemporary Chinese composers for string quartet and pipa as well as Western classical standards.

Sat 2/17/18 7:30PM Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU WU MAN, pipa
SHANGHAI QUARTET


Artemis Quartet
2017-2018 Fontana
ARTEMIS QUARTET

“The interpretations of the Artemis Quartet are not only technically on a par with the most virtuosic of their competitors – but they offer a higher musical intensity than all the others!“ - Süddeutsche Zeitung

BEETHOVEN        Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
BARTÓK                Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 17, Sz. 67
SCHUMANN         Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1

Sat 4/7/18 7:30PM Stetson Chapel, K College ARTEMIS QUARTET