Gilmore Artist Award

Established in 1989 to honor the legacy of Irving S. Gilmore, the Gilmore Artist Award recognizes extraordinary piano artistry with some of the most generous financial support given in the musical arts. The $300,000 award is conferred every four years to a classical pianist of any age and nationality following a rigorous and confidential selection process. 

Sometimes referred to as music’s answer to the MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” the Gilmore Artist Award is made through a non-competitive process. Pianists are recommended by a Classical Awards Nominating Committee, comprising a large and diverse group of international classical music professionals. An anonymous, six-member Classical Awards Advisory Committee then appraises the nominees over a period of time and assesses their musicianship and performing abilities through numerous performances under varying conditions. Throughout the process, candidates are unaware they are under consideration.

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