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Gilmore 2017-2018 Rising Stars

Wellspring Theater

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Gilmore 2017-2018 Rising Stars

The Gilmore Rising Stars Series presents outstanding young pianists from around the world to provide Kalamazoo audiences with a taste of tomorrow’s stars of the classical music world. Initially presented in 1999 as the Irving S. Gilmore Piano Series, it was renamed the Rising Stars Series the following year. Previous artists who have performed in this series include Lang Lang, Jonathan Biss, Kirill Gerstein, and George Li before they made their international breakthroughs.

The 2017-18 season begins on Sunday, September 17, at 4:00 pm at the Wellspring Theater in downtown Kalamazoo. Seating is general admission. Doors open at 3:30. Subscription prices reflect a 10% discount over single ticket prices.


DREW PETERSEN   ·   More Info »
DREW PETERSEN


Born in Oradell, New Jersey in 1993, Drew Petersen began his career as a pianist at an early age. He was presented at Carnegie Hall at age 5, and at 10 he performed a solo recital for Steinway’s 150th Anniversary. He is the winner of the 2017 American Pianists Award and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. Petersen graduated cum laude from Harvard at 19 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Social Science and completed both his undergraduate and graduate music studies at The Juilliard School, where he was recently accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma program. He regularly performs internationally at some of the world’s most esteemed festivals and venues, and his unique gifts have been profiled in The New York Times, New York Magazine, in the documentary Just Normal, and in Andrew Solomon’s book, Far From the Tree.



ZLATA CHOCHIEVA   ·   More Info »
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.



CHRISTINA & MICHELLE NAUGHTON   ·   More Info »
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.



ANDREW TYSON   ·   More Info »
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.