Updated: Feb 2, 2019
While students at The Piano Cottage know about our great alliance with The Gilmore through their piano clinics at KeysFest each winter (this year on February 16th) we’re excited to share news of another partnership between The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation®. Yes, that’s the foundation of Internationally acclaimed pianist and heartthrob, Lang Lang!
Announced in the fall of 2018, this partnership will invite Two Young Scholars to perform in The Gilmore’s Rising Stars Series in the fall of 2019. As noted on the foundation's website, "The Young Scholars Program is a Lang Lang International Music Foundation music education initiative designed to identify and support talented young pianists in their professional development, and in the delivery of live performances."
The Gilmore has also partnered with the South Haven Performance Series to give the Young Scholars another fall performance opportunity. The Young Scholars will also be invited to participate in The 2020 Gilmore Keyboard Festival. The names of the Young Scholars will be announced late summer 2019. Travel expenses for the young pianists is provided by the Lang Lang Foundation.
"We're very excited to partner with Lang Lang and his foundation to help inspire the next generation of pianists," said Gilmore Director, Pierre van der Westhuizen.