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The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

2018-2019 Rising Stars Series | DANIEL HSU
2018-2019 Rising Stars Series | DANIEL HSU

“A poet...[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

The 2016 GILMORE YOUNG ARTIST, 20-year-old American pianist DANIEL HSU is increasingly recognized for his easy virtuosity and bold musicianship.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Hsu began his studies at age 6 with Larisa Kagan. He made his concerto debut with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra at age 8, and his recital debut at the Steinway Society of the Bay Area at age 9, before being accepted into Curtis at the age of 10, along with his two older siblings.

Wellspring Theater DANIEL HSU
3/17/19 4PM

2018-2019 Rising Stars Series | ZHANG ZUO
2018-2019 Rising Stars Series | ZHANG ZUO

“ZHANG ZUO is one of the most outstanding and passionate pianistic talents I have come across.”
— Maestro Paavo Järvi

ZHANG ZUO ("Zee Zee") began her musical training in Germany at the age of five. Upon returning to her native China, she became one of the most sought after young artists in the nation, collaborating with the leading Chinese orchestras, with whom she retains a close link.

Having completed her piano studies with Dan Zhao Yi at the Shenzhen Arts School, "ZEE ZEE" was invited to continue her artistic development under the mentorship of Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music and Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School, where she won the coveted Petschek Piano Award.

Wellspring Theater ZHANG ZUO
04/14/19 4PM

2018-2019 Rising Stars Series | KATE LIU
2018-2019 Rising Stars Series | KATE LIU

KATE LIU began playing piano at the age of four. At six she was admitted to the gifted music program of the Yamaha Music School in Singapore.

When she was eight, she moved with her family to the Chicago area, where she studied piano with Alan Chow, Micah Yui and Emilio del Rosario in the Academy program for talented young pianists and string players at the Music Institute of Chicago.

She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Curtis Institute of Music under the guidance of Robert McDonald.

Wellspring Theater KATE LIU
4/28/19 4PM

2018-2019 Piano Masters Series | MURRAY PERAHIA
2018-2019 Piano Masters Series | MURRAY PERAHIA

In a career spanning more than 40 years, MURRAY PERAHIA is one of the world’s most sought-after and cherished pianists.

"Legend" is not a word The Gilmore throws around lightly, but in this case, MURRAY PERAHIA has earned the title many times over! He is, quite simply, one of the greatest pianists of our time. This is one not to miss!

Chenery Auditorium MURRAY PERAHIA
5/5/19 4PM

2018-2019 Fontana | CURTIS ON TOUR
2018-2019 Fontana | CURTIS ON TOUR

Since Curtis on Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 200 concerts in over 90 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Enjoy a night of music performed by rising stars from one of the finest music conservatories in the world – The Curtis Institute of Music. These amazing musicians will perform operatic and American songbook selections as well as the much-loved Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes.
Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU CURTIS ON TOUR
2/22/19 7:30PM


“The Juilliard still plays, magically, like a single four-voiced instrument, and the music it makes sounds like the most natural and inevitable thing in the world.” – Broad Street Review

With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world with its performances.

Founded in 1946, and widely known as “the quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard draws on a deep and vital engagement with the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works – a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring.
Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU JUILLIARD
3/16/19 7:30PM

2018-2019 Fontana | CAMERATA RCO
2018-2019 Fontana | CAMERATA RCO

“...sophisticated, expressive music making with a precision ensemble as snug as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.”
– The Washington Post

Camerata RCO is a unique ensemble. They are all members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and enjoy playing in the orchestra tremendously. However, they like to expand this joy by playing together in a more intimate ensemble as well.
Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU CAMERATA RCO
4/18/19 7:30PM


“This is one supergroup that adds up to more than the sum of its chops.” – The Boston Globe

The Arts Desk described The Spring Quartet as “An expansive, freewheeling rampage, ideas flying out like sparks from a roaring fire....” Fontana is thrilled to bring this all-star lineup to Kalamazoo.

Grammy Award winner, drummer, and composer JACK DEJOHNETTE knows the multifaceted worlds of jazz and jazz-rock as thoroughly as anyone alive.

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” Grammy Award winning saxophone giant JOE LOVANO has distinguished himself as a prescient and path-finding force in the arena of creative music.

ESPERANZA SPALDING has always resolutely, intuitively, deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre-bending composer, bassist and vocalist.

Argentinian pianist LEONARDO GENOVESE has established a solid reputation as an instrumentalist and composer who is not afraid to explore the lesser known corners of the musical landscape.

This performance is not one to miss. Get your tickets soon!
Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU THE
5/4/19 7:30PM


“...cohesiveness, balance, perfect intonation, and a refreshing non-theatrical stage presence.”
– Palm Beach Daily News

The New York Philharmonic String Quartet comprises four principal musicians from the orchestra: Concertmaster FRANK HUANG, Principal Associate Concertmaster SHERYL STAPLES, Principal Viola CYNTHIA PHELPS, and Principal Cello CARTER BREY. The group was formed in January 2017, during the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season.
Dalton Center Recital Hall-WMU NEW YORK
5/11/19 7:30PM