Dan Gustin

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.


Nadia Romanini

Dan Gustin, the executive director of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, first heard pianist András Schiff perform in the early 1970s at Tanglewood, the renowned summer music festival held in the Berkshires in Massachussetts. Schiff played Book II of  J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, and Gustin knew he was hearing one of the most important pianists of his generation. Now, in 2017, Sir András Schiff, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, will perform for The Gilmore's Piano Masters Series, in a concert on Saturday, March 11 at 8 pm in Chenery Auditorium. Gustin and Cara Lieurance discuss the life and significance of Schiff's work in this preview of Saturday's concert. 


John Abbott

In a preview of the Rising Stars Series, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival executive director Dan Gustin says to expect pianists of remarkable caliber to visit Kalamazoo every month between September and May. They include Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, Poland; Honens Competition winner Pavel Kolesnikov of Russia, and Cliburn Competition laureates Sara Daneshpour and Sean Chen, both Americans. Another American, Emmet Cohen, recipient of the Thelonius Monk prize, is the lone jazz pianist among the classical players.


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When pianist Murray Perahia comes to Chenery Auditorium March 18, he'll bring with him a lifetime of well-earned musical mastery. Perahia first gained international attention when he won the gold medal in the 1972 Leeds International Piano Competition. He became a favorite pianist of composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears at the Aldeburgh Festival, and counts the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz as a mentor.