The Gilmore Blog
Published August 15, 2013
Two young American pianists, Andrew Hsu and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, have been named recipients of the 2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award; it was announced today by Daniel R. Gustin, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival which conducts and funds the Gilmore Artist Award program. Hsu and Sanchez-Werner will each receive $15,000 over the next two years to further their musicianship and developing careers.
The Gilmore Young Artist Awards are given every two years by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan. Nominated candidates are not judged in a competition, but evaluated anonymously for their pianism and musical promise by a six-member group of music professionals over an extended period of time and do not know they are under consideration. Founded along with the Gilmore Artist Award in 1989, the Young Artist Award is meant to single out the most promising of the new generation of pianists, age 21 and younger, in the United States.
In addition to the monetary award, a new piano work will be commissioned expressly for each Gilmore Young Artist. Between 1990 and 2012, 28 young pianists received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, including Christopher Taylor, Jonathan Biss, Yuja Wang, Orion Weiss, Kirill Gerstein, and Orli Shaham. A number of appearances at the 2014 Irving S Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo are also part of the Award.