Daniel R. Gustin, director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival since January 2000, is responsible for the artistic vision and implementation of each biennial Festival and seasonal music series, day-to-day management of the organization, the Gilmore Artist and Gilmore Young Artist searches, education initiatives and commissioning projects.
During his tenure, Gustin has doubled the length of the Festival to 17 days and has overseen increases in Gilmore educational programming and fundraising. He also initiated a program to commission new keyboard works and created both the Rising Stars and Piano Masters Series of concerts.
A Michigan native, Gustin came to The Gilmore after a successful 30-year career with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Of his many accomplishments there, Gustin is best known for his 13-year tenure as manager of its summer music festival, Tanglewood, and its prestigious summer academy, Tanglewood Music Center, where he was Administrator for 15 years. Gustin was also the assistant managing director of the Boston Symphony. He supervised the design and contract specifications of Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and also managed the Orchestra’s educational and chamber music programs.
According to Gustin, “With The Gilmore’s superb Festival, its noncompetitive recognition of great artistry through the Gilmore Artist and Gilmore Young Artist awards, and its commissions and growing educational programs, The Gilmore has earned the broad support of the local community and growing recognition from the international musical community.” Gustin continues, “The Gilmore can serve as a model for the meaningful integration of music into the lives of growing numbers of people – which I see as the fundamental challenge for the performing arts.”