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Balazs Borocz

Pianist Roman Rabinovich is making his Gilmore debut as a soloist on the Rising Stars Series this Sunday. An in-demand performer with orchestras, chamber groups, and as a recitalist, Rabinovich has also made composing and visual art priorities in his life. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, he talks about these elements and the music on his program.


Colin Way

Pavel Kolesnikov, as he waits for his plane in Seattle, tells Cara Lieurance he is fascinated by micro details - in music, in photographs, even in observing ordinary objects in an airport. It's a quality that brings new insights into music thought to be trifling, like Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, or well-trodden, like Chopin's Mazurkas. 


Fran Kaufman

Renowned French-Canadian virtuoso Marc-Andre Hamelin, who admits he owns a collection of sheet music stored in over 100 crates, says there is more truth to be gleaned from a composer's musical notation than the life circumstances under which it was written. On the eve of his solo recital for The Gilmore's Piano Masters Series, Hamelin discusses the late works of Mozart and Schubert as well as his own piece, Pavane Variée (2014).

Pino Manocchio

Honoring players of the past, and developing an original voice at the same time, isn't as contradictory as it seems, according to Emmet Cohen. The jazz pioneers he admires all paved the way by being confident in their own self-expression. Cohen is doing the same thing, while making it his mission to play alongside as many of today's jazz legends as possible.


Ellen Appel-Mike Moreland

Sean Chen has gone through a lot of life changes in just a few years. He completed his studies at the Juilliard School and Yale, took the bronze medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and was awarded a fellowship worth $100,000 by the American Pianists Association. This month, he got married to his fiancée, a violinist, and moved to Kansas City, MO. But he's focused on opening the Gilmore Keyboard Festival's Rising Stars Series this Sunday.

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