Kirill Gerstein

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Kirill Gerstein will perform on the Gilmore Keyboard Festival's Piano Masters Series on Tuesday, May 7 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium. In a wide-ranging musical conversation with Cara Lieurance, Gerstein discusses the many-sided life of Franz Liszt, the legacy of Beethoven, rare works of Debussy and the Gilmore premiere of Thomas Adès' Berceuse from The Exterminating Angel, which the composer adapted from his new opera for Gerstein. 

Gerstein says the Gilmore Keyboard Festival is a special event for the pianists themselves, who rarely have time to meet and socialize in the course of their solo careers. His latest recording, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is of Ferrucio Busoni's Piano Concerto, a mammoth, late-romantic work for which he is a passionate advocate.


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Pierre van der Westhuizen, the executive director of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and a concert pianist himself, joins Cara Lieurance to preview the final concerts of the spring season. On April 28 at 4 pm, American pianist Kate Liu, a finalist of the 2015 Chopin Competition, will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart and Prokofiev in the Wellspring Theatre. Westhuizen recalls the day he watched the livestream of the famous competition, and how Ms. Liu's performance stood out among all the others. Liu had to withdraw from performing in recent seasons to allow an injury to resolve - something Westhuizen says athletes and musicians share in common.

On May 7 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium, the 2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein will replace an ailing Murray Perahia on the Piano Masters Series. Gerstein, who has returned to Kalamazoo more times than any other Gilmore Artist, will play a wide-ranging program of immense variety and difficulty, Westhuizen says. Westhuizen and Cara Lieurance get into the details of the great Liszt Sonata in B minor and other works on the program.