Our Mission & History
In 1989, trustees of the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation of Kalamazoo, Michigan, announced plans to honor the memory of Irving S. Gilmore, a local businessman and philanthropist, by creating some of the most unique and significant awards for pianists anywhere in the world and a biennial piano festival to celebrate keyboard music.
Mission of The Gilmore
The mission of The Gilmore is to promote and develop world-class pianistic experiences that inspire present and future artists and audiences. We do this by:
- Identifying exceptional pianists through a non-competitive process and then providing significant support to enhance their careers
- Presenting world-class music festivals featuring the finest international pianists
- Providing an outstanding keyboard educational program
- Supporting the creation of piano music