A seasoned arts administrator, concert pianist and academic, Pierre van der Westhuizen, became the Executive and Artistic Director of The Gilmore in January 2018, after leading the Cleveland International Piano Competition for six years. A native of South Africa, he earned his Bachelor of Music from Northwest University in Potchefstroom, South Africa and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife, Sophié, often perform as the Westhuizen Duo.