LIVESTREAM: One Outstanding Pianist Will Receive the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award (and $300,000) on WQXR

By Louise Burton on Jan 07, 2014 05:54 PM EST

Every four years, the Gilmore Artist Award is presented to an international pianist of any age or nationality, who receives a one-time award of $300,000. The 2014 award will be announced on Wednesday, January 8, during an awards ceremony that will be webcast live on at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The winning pianist will give an interview and a mini-recital during the event, which is hosted by Jeff Spurgeon of WQXR and Fred Child of American Public Media's Performance Today.

The event, held at The Greene Space in New York, is sold out, but viewers are invited to watch the live video webcast--once again, presented by

Past Gilmore Artists have included Kirill Gerstein (2010), Ingrid Fliter (2006), Piotr Anderszewski (2002), Leif Ove Andsnes (1998), Ralf Gothoni (1994) and David Owen Norris (1991).

The Gilmore Artist Awards are unusual in the classical music world, both because of the size of the award and the fact that the awards are not given based on a competition between pianists.

The awards have been compared to the MacArthur "Genius" Grants.

According to the Gilmore's website, "the Gilmore Artist Award is made through a non-competitive process. Pianists are nominated by a large and diverse group of international music professionals. An anonymous, six-member Artistic Advisory Committee appraises the nominees over a period of time and assesses their musicianship and performing abilities through numerous performances under varying conditions. Throughout the four-year process, candidates for the award are unaware they are under consideration."

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