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Gilmore announces 2014 award winner

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's one of the most prestigious honors a musician can receive, and Wednesday, Kalamazoo-based non-profit The Gilmore announced its 2014 award winner.

Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz has been named the recipient of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award.

The award is presented once every four years to a pianist who has the potential to sustain a career as a major international concert artist.

Blechacz will also receive $300,000 in support of his music career and goals.

The award is named in honor of local businessman and philanthropist Irving Gilmore.