Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz has been named the recipient of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award, it was announced on January 8 by Daniel R. Gustin, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. One of the most prestigious honors in music, the Gilmore Artist Award is presented every four years on a non-competitive basis to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, has the potential to sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Mr. Blechacz will receive $300,000 in support of his musical and career goals over the next four years. Previous recipients of the Gilmore Artist Award are Kirill Gerstein (2010), Ingrid Fliter (2006), Piotr Anderszewski (2002), Leif Ove Andsnes (1998), Ralf Gothóni (1994) and David Owen Norris (1991).
On the evening of the announcement, Blechacz gave an exclusive performance in The Greene Space, presented by WQXR and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and APM’s Fred Child. You can watch it here:
http://new.livestream.com/thegreenespace/events/2666481