Cara Lieurance

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Raymond Harvey tells listeners what to expect in the Festival Finale of the 2016 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. There will be two piano soloists: 2014 Gilmore Artist Rafał Blechacz (performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2) and composer and pianist Michel Legrand, who will premiere his new Concerto For Piano

A. den Teuling

The clavisimbalum is a small keyboard, with wire strings, whose mechanism works like a harpsichord. Medieval music specialist Corina Marti says there are no surviving original instruments, but luckily, a 15th century Dutch instrument maker wrote down instructions for how to make one, and musicologists were able to use medieval artwork to help recreate the instrument.

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.