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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.

The Gilmore

The Gilmore's Keysfest is a day of workshops, masterclasses and other activities for young pianists in 1st through 12th grades. Adam Schumaker, director of education for The Gilmore, and operations associate Leslie Boughton share some of the  new highlights of this year's event, which will be held on February 24, 9 am - 6 pm, at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo.

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.

Robbie Lawrence/Gilmore Keyboard Festival

Pianist Igor Levit has been named the recipient of the 2018 Gilmore Artist Award. The Award was announced today by Daniel R. Gustin, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

With Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker on the program, twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton will have images of fairy tales, sugar plums and much more dancing in the minds of listeners on Sunday. Cara Lieurance talks to both sisters about their upcoming concert for The Gilmore's Rising Stars Recital Series.