gilmore keyboard festival

At the 2016 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti made his first appearance in 14 years, with two sold-out shows at Bell's Eccentric Cafe (co-presented by Fontana.)  In an interview with Cara Lieurance prior to his performance, Eigsti takes a hard look at the realities of life on the road. With over 200 performance dates a year, he acknowledges that the joy of playing jazz with his trusted friends for live audiences comes with a lack of grounding and routine caused by constant travel.


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.


Chris Drukker

The story goes in Ariel Pocock's family that Ariel first appeared onstage at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival when she was six months old. Her father, David Pocock, was the festival's first artistic director. She was raised, however, in Seattle and Los Angeles, where she began honing her jazz piano chops very early.  

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