Gilmore Young Artist

The SCA is proud to partner with the Gilmore International Piano Festival out of Kalamazoo, MI in their mission of promoting and developing world-class keyboard musical experiences that inspire present and future artists and audiences. For the first time, the Gilmore will be bringing pianist Kasey Shao from Philadelphia to OUR stage.

Apr 28, 2:00 pm

SCA Lobby
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Join us in experiencing the Gilmore International Piano Festival and its celebrated Young Artist Kasey Shao. At just 16, Shao has traveled nationally and internationally to play, compete and win piano competitions and performed on many famous stages. Join the Saugatuck Center for the Arts to sit up close in the lobby and enjoy the music of this young master supported by the Gilmore International Piano Festival.

About the Artist

At the age of 12, Young Steinway Artist Kasey Shao made her concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nezet Seguin as the first place winner of the Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition. Now 16 and a current student of Dr. Ran Dank, Kasey was named the Gold Medal Winner of the Classical Music Division for the 2020 YoungArts National Competition. She has been recognized as a 2020 Chopin Scholar, and a 2019 Feltsman Scholarship winner. She was invited to compete in several national prestigious international piano competitions, including Junior Van Cliburn, Gina Bachauer, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competitions, at which she placed as a finalist. She won first place in the 2020 David D. Dubois Piano Competition. She was also named winner of the Instrumental Music Division for the Cincinnati Overture Awards.

Prior to competing on the international stage, she won numerous scholarships and piano competitions including the first place in the Steinway and Sons Piano Competition; National second and the Best Chopin Prize; Midwestern Division and the Ohio State Winner of the 2018 MTNA competition; first place at the ETSU International Piano Competition; first place at the Louisville Orchestra Young Arts Competition; first place in the Jack and Lucile Wonnell Young Arts Concerto Competition; second and the Best Solo Prize winner at the 2017 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition; second prize at the WV International Piano Competition; winner of the New Jersey state and the Eastern Division at the 2016 MTNA competition; the grand prize twice at the National League of Performing Arts; first prize at the Crescendo International Music Competition; first place at the Princeton Festival Piano Competition; and the grand prize at the 2014 Steinway Society of New Jersey Young Pianist Competition.

Kasey has performed in the Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center, the Weil Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, and Whitney Hall of the Kentucky Center. She has also performed with the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra, and has appeared on a 6ABC, WKRC Local 12, and in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cincinnati Business Inquirer, Oberlin Tribune and Cleveland Classical.


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