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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts present Drew Petersen

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts present Drew Petersen

On Wednesday December 13, 2017 Drew Petersen joins the long roster of American Pianists Awards winners to perform in the series. In this month's Beauty of Music, American Pianists Association Artistic Administrator Milner Fuller provides some insight into Drew's program.

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Live from Dizzy's

Live from Dizzy's

Live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC: two sets by the five finalists for the 2019 American Pianists Awards.

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Kenny Banks Jr.

Emmet Cohen

Keelan Dimick

Dave Meder

Billy Test

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Christ Church Cathedral piano dedication

Christ Church Cathedral piano dedication

2017 American Pianists Awards winner Drew Petersen performs on Christ Church Cathedral's new Steinway D piano for its dedicatory concert.

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Introducing Kenny Banks Jr.

Introducing Kenny Banks Jr.

“Whaaaaaaa?!?!! I’m going to go out tonight!” Kenny Banks Jr., son of a church singer and a jazz pianist, learned he was a finalist for the 2019 American Pianists Awards on March 11, 2018. We talk with Kenny about gospel music, "Get Happy" and more

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Reflections of an American pianist on American music

Reflections of an American pianist on American music

As we celebrate this year the centennial of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, one of the true icons of the music world and one of the greatest American artists to have ever lived, I am thrilled to have numerous opportunities to share in that celebration of this great figure, and of American music in general.

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Drew Petersen wins Avery Fisher grant

Drew Petersen wins Avery Fisher grant

Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards, was honored as an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient in a ceremony at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR on March 22, 2018

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Emmet Cohen plays the national anthem

Emmet Cohen plays the national anthem

2019 American Pianists Awards finalist Emmet Cohen gave a thrilling performance of the national anthem prior to the Indiana Pacers basketball game!

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Brackets for Good

Brackets for Good

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected to participate in Brackets For Good, a bracket-style fundraising tournament inspired by the March college basketball tournament!

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The first Cole Porter Fellowship winner

The first Cole Porter Fellowship winner

The youngest finalist for the 2001 American Pianists Awards was unsettled. With the first ever Cole Porter Fellowship on the line, the stakes were raised for this fifth edition of what was then known as the American Jazz Piano Competition. Aaron Parks, a pianist from Seattle who was at the time studying at Manhattan School of Music, could not decide on his repertoire for the finals.

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BEAUTY of music | Le tombeau de Couperin

BEAUTY of music | Le tombeau de Couperin

A short background on Maurice Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin

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Artistic Expression with O'Riley and Ziegler

Artistic Expression with O'Riley and Ziegler

As part of the 2017-2018 Grand Encounters season, American Pianists Association presents a concert by two imaginative individuals.

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BEAUTY of music | cages

BEAUTY of music | cages

"There’s something about cages that magnifies freedom...whether you’re inside one or outside, freedom can’t really be talked about without considering the cage, can it?" - 2007 American Pianists Awards winner Dan Tepfer

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BEAUTY of music | back to school

BEAUTY of music | back to school

It's September--time for some study! With the fall semester now in full swing, let's look back upon the education of the composers of the First Viennese School: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

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DISCOVERING world-class pianists | from the top

DISCOVERING world-class pianists | from the top

Before becoming American Pianists Awards participants, our artists have honed their talents upon a variety of stages. NPR's From the Top is a common stepping-stone for many.

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BEAUTY of music | Sean Chen on Liszt's Konzertparaphrase

BEAUTY of music | Sean Chen on Liszt's Konzertparaphrase

So what does Liszt mean by Konzertparaphrase? 2013 American Pianists Awards winner Sean Chen explains in this month's Beauty of Music.

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DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Nikita Mndoyants

DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Nikita Mndoyants

Heir to a familial Russian musical tradition, here comes Nikita Mndoyants, from Cleveland with love!

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Sullivan Fortner's Picture Book Spring

Sullivan Fortner's Picture Book Spring

2015 American Pianists Awards winner Sullivan Fortner’s star shines brighter with each month of his flourishing career. Here is a picture book with some recent highlights.

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BEAUTY of music | jazz arrangements

BEAUTY of music | jazz arrangements

Jazz Arrangements: It's not the story but how the story is told. A Beauty of Music guest blog by musician/arranger/scholar Brent Wallarab.

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BEAUTY of music | classical music in Prague

BEAUTY of music | classical music in Prague

American Pianists Awards winner Drew Petersen just returned from a trip to Prague. Milner Fuller explores the musical history of the city in this month's Beauty of Music.

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American Spring Festival 2017

American Spring Festival 2017

2017 American Pianists Awards winner Drew Petersen toured the Czech Republic as part of the American Spring Festival. Follow along!

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Grand Encounters 2017 Season Announcement

Grand Encounters 2017 Season Announcement

JOIN US FOR A SEASON OF GRAND ENCOUNTERS! American Pianists Association presents five intriguing encounters with music in five unique venues, each concert offering the unexpected!

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The National Bank of Indianapolis

The National Bank of Indianapolis

 We chatted with Ann Merkel and Lindsay Harmon about The National Bank of Indianapolis and the American Pianists Awards

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BEAUTY of music | an inside look at the Awards

BEAUTY of music | an inside look at the Awards

In our regular Beauty of Music blog, we cover topics relating to classical and jazz music in general such as acoustics, improvisation and classical music cadenzas. This month we turn our attention inward and ask for some expert insight as to what makes the Awards truly special.

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University of Indianapolis

University of Indianapolis

 In advance of the start of American Pianists Awards winner Drew Petersen's two-year residency at University of Indianapolis, we spoke with University President Robert Manuel.

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A Sweet Publicity Tour for Drew

A Sweet Publicity Tour for Drew

What does it look like when you have your first promotional tour after winning the coveted American Pianists Awards? Well, for Drew Petersen, it’s full of fun, good food, lots of laughs and of course, a lot of work!

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Wayne DeVeydt

Wayne DeVeydt

 We spoke with Wayne DeVeydt and Michele Jackson DeVeydt in advance of Great Homes Great Music.

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BEAUTY of music | play that song

BEAUTY of music | play that song

Play that song! The March edition of Beauty of Music sets up the American Pianists Awards Song Recital with an important linguistic definition.

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ADVANCING the mission | Bob & Toni Bader

ADVANCING the mission | Bob & Toni Bader

 Talking about the American Pianists Awards, NYC jazz clubs and Lady Gaga with American Pianists Association board member Bob Bader and his wife Toni.

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Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Alex Beyer | #TeamAlex

Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Alex Beyer | #TeamAlex

As the fifth of five finalists for the 2017 American Pianists Awards prepares for his Premiere Series concert, we check in with Alex Beyer.

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