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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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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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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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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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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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ADVANCING the mission | National Bank of Indianapolis

ADVANCING the mission | National Bank of Indianapolis

Celebrating the release of all five 2017 Premiere Series concert recordings with the National Bank of Indianapolis!

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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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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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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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BEAUTY of music | the piano quintet

BEAUTY of music | the piano quintet

Noon chamber music concerts at Christ Church Cathedral are a signature part of the final week of the American Pianists Awards. December's Beauty of Music gets us looking toward April with an exploration of the piano quintet.

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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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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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DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Alex Beyer | #TeamAlex

DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Alex Beyer | #TeamAlex

In March, Alex Beyer, currently studying music at the New England Conservatory and math at Harvard (at the SAME time!!!), learned he was named a finalist of the 2017 American Pianist Awards.

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BEAUTY of music | check the tempo

BEAUTY of music | check the tempo

Check the tempo: February's Beauty of Music explains how individual movements in classical music are identified--most commonly by using the tempo marking.

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Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Drew Petersen | #TeamDrew

Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Drew Petersen | #TeamDrew

Recognized as a prodigy at a young age, Drew Petersen's life has been immersed in music. When we spoke with Drew last Spring, we learned of some additional interests. In advance of his Premiere Series concert, we learn more about both Drew and his music.

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BEAUTY of music | classical nicknames

BEAUTY of music | classical nicknames

Crowned: January's Beauty of Music explores how some classical music like Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") acquire their nicknames.

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DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Drew Petersen | #TeamDrew

DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Drew Petersen | #TeamDrew

Exploration and discovery drive the mission of the American Pianists Association. Fittingly, those ideals also drive 2017 American Pianists Awards finalist Drew Petersen—though in unique ways.

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APA around the world | Musical America Awards

APA around the world | Musical America Awards

On December 8, 2016, the American Pianists Awards  at the 56th annual Musical America Awards as the evening's top sponsor.

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BEAUTY of music | Variations

BEAUTY of music | Variations

American Pianists Awards finalist Sam Hong will play three sets of variations in his Premiere Series concert December 4. APA Artistic Administrator Milner Fuller explores this shifting style in this month's Beauty of Music.

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Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Sam Hong | #TeamSam

Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Sam Hong | #TeamSam

When we last checked in with American Pianists Awards finalist Sam Hong, he had just learned of his selection as a finalist and was looking forward to taking part in the competition. Over the summer and into this fall, Sam has been working on his repertoire ahead of his first performance December 4.

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DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Steven Lin | #TeamSteven

DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Steven Lin | #TeamSteven

Perhaps you have seen the video...the young pianist is playing a beautiful sonata by Haydn, head down then arched back, fingers dancing, feet working the pedals, music flowing gracefully through his upper body. The video’s title on YouTube, however, fuels concern: “Steven Lin performs through earthquake in Japan.” What???

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BEAUTY of music | Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

BEAUTY of music | Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

American Pianists Awards finalist Steven Lin will play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in his Premiere Series concert November 6. APA Artistic Administrator Milner Fuller explores that piece in this month's Beauty of Music.

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Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Steven Lin | #TeamSteven

Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Steven Lin | #TeamSteven

When we last checked in with American Pianists Awards finalist Steven Lin, he was at home in Philadelphia putting in long hours for practice and telling us about some of his inspirations including friends, teachers, 20th-century music and basketball.

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APA around the world | Aaron Diehl with the New York Philharmonic

APA around the world | Aaron Diehl with the New York Philharmonic

2011 American Pianists Awards winner Aaron Diehl joins Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for the 2016-17 season Opening Gala Concert.

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BEAUTY of music | Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25

BEAUTY of music | Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25

APA Artistic Administrator Milner Fuller provides a listening guide for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503, which will be featured in Henry Kramer's 2017 American Pianists Awards Premiere Series performance.

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DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Henry Kramer | #TeamHenry

DISCOVERING world-class pianists | meet Henry Kramer | #TeamHenry

You can’t see it in the room, but Henry Kramer can feel the clock ticking.

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BEAUTY of music | the classical cadenza

BEAUTY of music | the classical cadenza

 APA Artistic Administrator Milner Fuller explains a unique feature of the classical concerto and prepares listeners for the American Pianists Awards Premiere Series.

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BEAUTY of music | jazz performers vs. classical composers

BEAUTY of music | jazz performers vs. classical composers

Who’s your favorite jazz pianist? Who’s your favorite classical composer?

These are questions that are most commonly asked among music lovers. Less often will the questions be reversed. Why?

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ADVANCING the mission | meet Virgil Chan & Bob Gowen

ADVANCING the mission | meet Virgil Chan & Bob Gowen

Yes is a powerful word.  For proof, look no further than Indianapolis residents and American Pianists Association supporters Virgil Chan and Bob Gowen.

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