Cara Lieurance

Vanessa Briceño

Studying at the Curtis Institute and spending summers at the Marlboro Festival has surrounded soprano Sarah Shafer with individuals of extraordinary artistry. But in an interview with Cara Lieurance, Shafer says getting to know some of world's leading classical musicians as people was as valuable as learning their technique.

Gabriela Brandenstein

Each of the works acclaimed Austrian pianist Till Fellner will perform in his Gilmore Festival debut  - Schumann's Papillons Op 5 and Fantasie, Op 17; Berio's 5 Variationi, and Beethoven's Sonata Op 27/1 'Quasi una fantasia' - gave their first audiences reason to sit up and pay attention.

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Fellner reveals the elements that gave these pieces by Schumann, Beethoven and Berio their sense of surprise.  

Chris McGuire

Daniel Hsu began his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music when he was ten years old. Now eighteen and a Gilmore Young Artist, Hsu is a fast-rising, personable pianist who was recently named the First Prize winner at the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition.

Always close to his older musician siblings, Daniel adapted to the language of music very early. The family moved from the San Francisco area to Philadelphia so all three could study at Curtis - a first in the school's history. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, he previews his debut recital program at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

Joan Marcus

Farmers Alley Theatre's second collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival deliriously mixes a murder mystery, comedy, singing and piano playing by both performers. Brett Ryback is Officer Marcus Moscowicz, who hopes to solve the murder of a famous author and be promoted to detective. Joe Kinosian, one of the show's creators, plays all twelve suspects, including a gruff psychiatrist, a ballerina, a squabbling couple, the non-grieving wife of the murder victim, and even a handful of choirboys.

A pianist who finds surprising connections between diverse composers, Dejan Lazic is an experienced concert artist known for his brilliant playing and idiosyncratic interpretations. Born in Croatia, Lazic grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum, spending his summers in Hungary at a music festival founded by his teachers, Zoltan Kocsis and Imre Rohrmann.