Our Mission & History

Irving Gilmore smiling and looking to the left

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

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