Presented every two years and based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is internationally recognized as North America’s finest piano music festival. The Festival’s nearly 100 events showcase some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboardists in the world alongside artists just emerging on the international stage.
From classical to jazz, orchestra concerts to solo recitals, and chamber music to musical theater, the Festival continually achieves acclaim for presenting performances of the highest artistic caliber.
This 13-part radio series highlights some of the finest performances from the 2016 Gilmore Festival, featuring widely acclaimed artists such as Richard Goode, Imogen Cooper, Susan Graham, Jeremy Denk, Llyr Williams and Till Fellner; Gilmore Artists Kirill Gerstein, Ingrid Fliter and Rafał Blechacz; rising stars Dejan Lazic and Sarah Shafer, and Gilmore Young Artists Daniel Hsu and Micah McLaurin. Through recordings that capture the live concert experience and behind-the-scenes artist interviews, the series showcases the excellence and variety of an event recognized as one of the world’s outstanding keyboard festivals.
The first Gilmore International Keyboard Festival took place in 1991. The Festival spanned nine days and encompassed 46 musical events, including a Music Critics Institute. The Gilmore Keyboard Festival is set throughout West Michigan, with the main stage Festival events occurring in Kalamazoo, a city just inland from Michigan’s beautiful west coast.
Now, every two years, The Gilmore presents two-plus weeks of superb piano performances – nearly 100 events. The Gilmore Keyboard Festival has become a leading American festival known the world over for celebrating the joy and power of keyboard music in concerts, lectures, master classes and films.