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Krannert Center Debut Artist

The Krannert Center Debut Artist concert beautifully embodies the nature of Krannert Center as a collaborative laboratory, classroom, and public square. Together, Krannert Center and the School of Music choose by audition an outstanding student. This performer then receives a professional contract for their Debut Artist performance, working with members of Krannert Center’s staff and School of Music faculty to plan, present, promote, and document their recital. Audience members receive a special opportunity to hear a rising University of Illinois performer and to experience history in the making.

Recent Krannert Center Debut Artists have included Jonathan Dufresne, saxophone (2024); Esther Lee, piano (2023); Peiyao Cheng, flute (2022); Andrew J. Buckley, clarinet (2021); and Saori Kataoka, trumpet (2020).

The 2025 Krannert Center Debut Artist will be announced immediately following the competition in January.

Salon-style performances offer a close connection between artists and guests as audience members sit in six rows of seats on stage with the performer. Light refreshments are served before and after the performance. Balcony tickets (without refreshments) are also available.

If you believe in the life-affirming experiences that Krannert Center and the performing arts at Illinois make possible, please make a gift: advancement@krannertcenter.illinois.edu, KrannertCenter.com/Give, or faa.illinois.edu/giving.

Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall, Salon-Style
Su Mar 30, 2025 - 3:00pm CT