Following Irving Gilmore’s death in 1986, the Trustees of the Foundation he created with the guidance of his attorney Richard M. Hughey began the process of deciding how the considerable resources of the Foundation were to be utilized. The purposes of the Foundation, as stipulated by Mr. Gilmore, include support for the Arts, Human Services, Education and Youth Activities, Community Development, and Health in the greater Kalamazoo area. Because of Mr. Gilmore’s intense life-long passion for music and the piano, one of the first initiatives the Foundation’s trustees explored was the creation of an international piano competition in Southwest Michigan similar to the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium, the Leeds Competition in England, and the more recent Cliburn Competition in the U.S.

Posted: Sep-2-2016
Igor Levit
Posted: Jan-3-2018

Polish pianist RafaƂ Blechacz, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Early Wednesday, Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.

Posted: Jan-8-2014