GetClassical In School Artistic Advisory welcomes Pierre Van Der Westhuizen on board

We are thrilled to welcome Pierre Van Der Westhuizen to GetClassical In School’s Artistic Advisory Board.

“I wholeheartedly support GetClassical In School’s efforts as critical in our national drive to inspire the next generation of music lovers and enthusiasts. Childhood is an age of exploration and wonder, and I can’t think of a better way to develop a child’s curiosity than a hands-on approach such as this. Bravo, and I look forward to seeing this wonderful initiative develop!”

Pierre Van Der Westhuizen, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Awards.

Recruited to the Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) in 2011, van der Westhuizen transformed the competition from a single event into a full-fledged arts organization by developing a festival approach, which now includes the CIPC Young Artists Competition, the CIPC Concert Series, and ArtsConnect Community Outreach. Activities include competition performances, guest artist recitals, lectures, master classes, films, chamber music, and orchestral performances. Van der Westhuizen’s efforts have been recognized by such publications as Crain’s Cleveland Business (named among “40 under 40” community leaders in 2014) and Musical America (named among the 2015 “30 Music Professionals of the Year”).

“We are delighted that Pierre will be leading The Gilmore,” said Cynthia Kole, President of The Gilmore’s Board of Trustees. “His passion for music, his warm personality and his creative vision will propel The Gilmore Festival and Awards into the next exciting phase.”

And we are delighted that he takes an interest in our initiative GetClassical In School!