Curtis Cunningham

The Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Pierre van der Westhuizen, who started his position at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival last month, says he fell in love with the festival when he visited Kalamazoo while serving as director of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. The administrative experience he brings to his new role is matched by his experience as a performer - he and his wife, Sofié van der Westhuizen, formed a professional piano duo in 2007. Westhuizen joins Cara Lieurance to introduce himself to listeners, and reveal a late addition to this spring's festival - the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, led by pianist Oscar Hernández.


Robbie Lawrence

Dan Gustin, who has overseen the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for the last 18 years, was recently in New York to introduce the 2018 Gilmore Artist, Russian-German pianist Igor Levit. He talks to Cara Lieurance about the process of selecting the final candidate, and how Levit rose to the top.

The keyboard festival will be held this spring, from April 25-May 12. It's the last festival Gustin will program as executive director. He's remaining as director emeritus while the new director, Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, settles in to the role.