KALAMAZOO, MI — The Irving S. Gilmore Worldwide Keyboard Competition has modified its title to emphasise the instrument that may be a focus of festivities.
Going ahead, the longtime occasion held in Kalamazoo is now often called the Gilmore Worldwide Piano Competition, the group introduced in a information launch.
Government and Creative Director Pierre van der Westhuizen stated individuals have been confused at occasions after they hear he works for the “keyboard” competition.
“The confusion is cleared up after I describe the entire occasions that happen throughout the biennial competition, and our splendidly distinctive awards course of,” he stated in a press release. “In any case that, I’m normally then met with, ‘So, it’s actually a piano competition.’
“And what … That’s actually what that is.”
The keyboard competition, created in 1989 to honor the legacy of Irving S. Gilmore, acknowledges a few of the world’s most virtuosic and musically fascinating pianists with its $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award. It was as soon as described as “the biggest gathering of piano expertise within the Western Hemisphere,” by Nationwide Public Radio.
The impetus for a competition was to convey the Gilmore Artists, Gilmore Younger Artists and different famend pianists to carry out throughout West Michigan, the group stated.
Initially, the thought was additionally to focus on different keyboard devices throughout the competition, like harpsichord, organ, fortepiano and others — and that is still the case at this time, organizers stated.
“However the overwhelming majority of competition occasions function a piano, our teaching programs give attention to the piano, and our wealthy commissioning historical past includes new works written solely for the piano,” the director stated.
These elements led to a call to make the title change.
“Will there nonetheless be other forms of keyboards concerned?” the director requested. “You wager. Among the many 100+ occasions that includes the piano on the Gilmore Worldwide Piano Competition, you’ll nonetheless have the ability to expertise a harpsichord or organ, and even one thing as wild because the Haken Continuum.”
The competition occurs each different yr, and the 2020 festival was held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dates for the Gilmore Worldwide Piano Competition in 2022 will likely be introduced quickly, the competition’s director stated.