Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance

In 2005, the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music established the biennial Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance to honor pianists who have achieved the highest levels of national and international recognition. Winners receive a $50,000 cash award and spend two to three non-consecutive weeks in residence at the Bienen School of Music, interacting with students and faculty. As part of one of the residency weeks, winners offer a public performance. All winners are listed below.


Endowed in 2015, the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance is made possible by a generous gift from the late Jean Gimbel Lane and the late Honorable Laurence W. Lane, Jr.

A 1952 graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in art history, Mrs. Lane was a lifelong supporter of the arts. She passed away November 18, 2017 at age 87.

On-Campus Residencies

Winners of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize spend two to three weeks in residence at the Bienen School, interacting with students and faculty and presenting a public recital.