Gilmore International Piano Festival

April 24—May 12, 2024

The biennial Gilmore International Piano Festival in Kalamazoo celebrates the piano in all its variety and depth, including jazz, classical, pop, folk, swing, blues, gospel, and everything in between. You'll encounter the piano as a solo instrument, with orchestras, trios and duos, bands and ensembles, and even digitized form. If you've never been to the Gilmore Piano Festival and even if you don't know much about piano music, there's something for everyone with over 100 events in two weeks.

Experience the best of classical and jazz piano legends and new artists at the beginning of their careers. Click here for a full list of all the festival events.

Unique & Must See Shows

Step into the extraordinary life of beloved Broadway legend Patti LuPone in this musical memoir. The Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Award–winning singer and actress has made her mark with acclaimed roles in Company, Evita, Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, Gypsy, and more.

In COUNTERPOINT, 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Conrad Tao and acclaimed dancer Caleb Teicher explore how the percussion of piano and tap relate to one another. Featuring music by Bach, Tatum, Schoenberg, and Gershwin, and the world premiere of a Gilmore commission by Conrad Tao. Tao…

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The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio specializes in the art of ‘feel good music.’ The charismatic Lamarr’s energetic, soulful Hammond organ blends soul, jazz, funk, and R&B’s infectious rhythms in an energetic performance. A self-taught musician with perfect pitch, Delvon Lamarr plays a…

Four-time GrammyⓇ-nominated pianist and composer Gerald Clayton’s innovative approach to jazz has charmed audiences and critics across the globe.

Family Friendly Shows

What an entertaining afternoon for the family: five incredible pianists on five grand pianos. Most are siblings, and all attended The Juilliard School. The 5 Browns are known for a fun, relaxed introduction to classical music for everyone. T

No stage? No seats? No problem! Parents can relax while kids of any age can have fun checking out the piano, meeting the artists, crawling or dancing around the room. A Baby Grands concert is The Gilmore’s way of sharing great music with the whole family. Refreshments will be…

Start your trip planning to Kalamazoo by booking tickets to a Gilmore show and then filling your stay with plenty of fun activities, attractions, dining and…

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