Northwestern Music School Receives $5 Million for Piano Prize

Northwestern Music School Receives $5 Million for Piano Prize

Northwestern University has announced a $5 million gift from alumna Jean Gimbel Lane to endow in perpetuity a piano award program at its Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.

The $50,000 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance will honor pianists who have achieved the highest levels of national and international recognition. In addition to the cash award, prize recipients will complete a residency at Northwestern, where they will perform and present master classes, lectures, and chamber music coaching sessions. Through the program, the university aims to extend the music school's global reach and expose its students to world-class musicians. In recognition of Lane's longtime support, Northwestern will name a room in the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts the Jean Gimbel Lane Reception Room.

A 1952 graduate of Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, from which she earned a degree in art history, and a lifelong supporter of the arts, Gimbel Lane is also a pianist and played harpsichord in the Portola Trio. Her late husband owned Lane Publishing Company and served as U.S. ambassador to Australia during the Reagan administration.

"Mrs. Lane and her family have been true partners in advancing the arts at Northwestern," said Northwestern president Morton Schapiro. "We are extremely appreciative of this visionary planned gift and of Mrs. Lane’s commitment to bringing these world-renowned pianists together with students to develop the next generation of great musicians."

"$5 Million to Fund Piano Award in Perpetuity." Northwestern University Press Release 10/08/2015.