Gilmore Keyboard Festival and Awards chief Gustin to retire

Posted on: April 18, 2017

“Daniel Gustin has announced his intent to retire next year after 18 years as director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards,” reports Susan Elliott in Saturday’s (4/15) Musical America (subscription required). “A search for his successor is underway, with plans for him or her to be in place by early next year. In addition to coordinating the vast international network of experts who anonymously identify candidates for the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award every five years, not to mention having a major say in the final choice, Gustin has overseen the growth of the Kalamazoo (MI)-based festival from nine to 18 days. He has increased educational programming in and helped broaden the local arts community, created new Gilmore series, commissioned more than 50 keyboard works, and been a key fund raiser. He has, in effect, ‘raised the bar for everyone,’ in the words of Gilmore Board President Cindy Kole…. Gustin came to the Gilmore after a 30-year career with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he was deeply involved with the Tanglewood Festival and Institute.”

Posted April 18, 2017