November 19, 2021
Pianists Janice Carissa and Clayton Stephenson Named 2022 Gilmore Young Artists

Virtual award presentation featuring the pianists in conversation with Jonathan Biss (GYA '02) now streaming at

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN (NOVEMBER 19, 2021) — Pierre van der Westhuizen, Executive and Artistic Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Piano Festival and Awards, which conducts and funds the Gilmore Artist Award program, today announced that two pianists—Janice Carissa and Clayton Stephenson—have been named recipients of the 2022 Gilmore Young Artist Award. Ms. Carissa and Mr. Stephenson will each receive a $15,000 stipend to further their musical careers and educational development, as well as $10,000 towards the commissioning of a new piano composition for which the artist will have exclusive performance rights for one year. The pianists will also give solo recitals and orchestral performances during the 2022 Gilmore Piano Festival in Kalamazoo—April 24 through May 15, 2022.



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