“It would be hard to imagine a more persuasive or brilliantly played performance…” —The Times (London)
2014 Gilmore Artist Rafal Blechacz’s career has been on the rise since October 2005, when he became the uncontested winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. The first Polish musician in 30 years to win the competition, he was so far ahead of the pack that the judges decided against awarding a second prize. He’ll perform concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at the Festival Gala concert on May 3 and a solo recital in Chenery Auditorium the following week.
Bach Partita No. 3 Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique” Chopin Nocturne in A-flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2 Two Polonaises, Op. 40 Three Mazurkas, Op. 63 Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
An honors graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, 19-year-old Andrew Hsu holds the Rising Star Annual Fellowship there, where he continues his graduate studies. Hsu is an accomlished composer and recently won the Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition in New York. He will perform a new work at his solo recital, and will make appearances with the Lansing and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto.
Chopin Mazurkas, Op. 56 Andrew Hsu Fantasy—first performance Copland Sonata (1941) Mozart Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494 Barber Sonata, Op. 26
Saturday, April 26, 2 PM | Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo Sunday, April 27, 4 PM | Vicksburg Performing Arts Center, Vicksburg Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 PM | Kretschmer Recital Hall, Grand Rapids
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, 2014 Gilmore Young Artist, piano
2014 Gilmore Young Artist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner makes his solo debut at the Festival in this recital featuring works by Liszt, Ravel, Chopin, and Beethoven, as well as one of his own compositions. Currently residing in New York, Sanchez-Werner is studying at The Juilliard School under Yoheved Kaplinsky, chair of Juilliard’s Piano Department. Sanchez-Werner is the youngest person to have been admitted to Juilliard as a full-time conservatory student.
Liszt Vallee d’Obermann Ravel Alborada del gracioso Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 Sanchez-Werner Chasing Serenity – first performance Chopin Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61 Rachmaninoff Moment-musicaux in B-flat Minor, Op. 16, No. 1 Ravel La valse
Sunday, April 27, 4 PM | First Wes Church, Battle Creek Thursday, May 8, 2 PM | Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo Saturday, May 10, 7:30 PM | First Methodist Church, South Haven