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A Day in the Life of Esteban Castro

A Day in the Life of Esteban Castro

Take a peek into the life of 2023 American Pianists Awards finalist Esteban Castro though our new short documentary series, A Day in the Life.

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Living the Classical Life at the 2021 Awards

Living the Classical Life at the 2021 Awards

In a special edition of Living the Classical Life, the show travels to Indianapolis to observe the five finalists at the American Pianists Awards in summer of 2021.

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Take Five: the 2023 Awards edition

Take Five: the 2023 Awards edition

Caelan Cardello, Esteban Castro, Paul Cornish, Thomas Linger and Isaiah J. Thompson take five for some Q&A at the piano.

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Kenny Broberg's Czech Spring

Kenny Broberg's Czech Spring

What do Dvořák, a 200th anniversary and the world's worst car have in common? Kenny Broberg touring the Czech Republic!

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2023 Awards previews in NYC

2023 Awards previews in NYC

The world was treated to a preview of the 2023 American Pianists Awards last month with two special gatherings in New York City.

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Announcing new members of our board

Announcing new members of our board

American Pianists Association is thrilled to welcome new board members Hillary Egan, Christia Hicks and Deborah Hearn Smith, each of whom brings a wealth of knowledge and singular experience.

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Drew Petersen in

Drew Petersen in "Music Moves"

American Pianists Awards winner Drew Petersen joins Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra for Music Moves, a collaborative celebration showcasing Ravel, Bernstein, Brahms, Handel and Kilar.

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Welcome Leigh Ann Hirschman!

Welcome Leigh Ann Hirschman!

This month we welcome a new staff member at the American Pianists Association. Meet Leigh Ann Hirschman, our new Director of Advancement!

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Chatting with Michelle Cann

Chatting with Michelle Cann

Ahead of her performance for the American Pianists Association on May 15, 2022, Michelle Cann spoke with Lee Clifford about her musical education, Florence Price and her concert program:

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Talking Margaret Bonds, Michelle Cann and more with Joshua Thompson

Talking Margaret Bonds, Michelle Cann and more with Joshua Thompson

We caught up with pianist and music sociologist Joshua Thompson to talk about Margaret Bonds, Michelle Cann's upcoming concert and more.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant's

Cécile McLorin Salvant's "Ghost Song"

Amid the excitement over the announcement of the 2023 American Pianists Awards finalists, some astute observers noticed another bit of big news: three-time Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform at the American Pianists Awards Gala Finals on April 22, 2023!

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Kenny Broberg Appointed at Reina Sofía School of Music

Kenny Broberg Appointed at Reina Sofía School of Music

Reina Sofía School of Music Announces Appointment of Kenny Broberg as Deputy Professor to Piano Chair Stanislav Ioudenitch starting in the 2022-2023 academic year

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Announcing the 2023 Awards finalists!

Announcing the 2023 Awards finalists!

INDIANAPOLIS [For Immediate Release - Thursday, March 10, 2022] – American Pianists Association (APA) announces the five finalists of the 2023 American Pianists Awards. 

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Chatting with Sara Davis Buechner

Chatting with Sara Davis Buechner

American Pianists Association's Lee Clifford chatted with Sara Davis Buechner about winning the first American Pianists Awards, the serendipity of sight-reading and the diverse set of composers she will feature in her upcoming concert.

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Remembering Victor Borge

Remembering Victor Borge

“I only know two pieces; one is 'Clair de Lune' and the other one isn't.” – Victor Borge

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Franz Schubert's Impromptus

Franz Schubert's Impromptus

In his short life, Austrian composer Franz Schubert (born January 31, 1797) wrote over 1000 pieces of music. Let’s take a minute to focus on his piano impromptus.

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2021: The Year in Review

2021: The Year in Review

Looking back on 2021 elicits many emotions.

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Dave Meder's Unamuno Songs and Stories

Dave Meder's Unamuno Songs and Stories

Catching up with 2019 American Pianists Awards finalist Dave Meder as he releases his new album, "Unamuno Songs and Stories."

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Exploring two-piano duo

Exploring two-piano duo

Nothing summons bright moments like two pianos on a single stage. Nuance reigns. And subtle changes have resonating impact.

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Concerto Curriculum Returns!

Concerto Curriculum Returns!

American Pianists Association announces the return of its educational outreach program, Concerto Curriculum, featuring residencies at five area high schools.

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New Works by Sean Chen and Dan Tepfer

New Works by Sean Chen and Dan Tepfer

Our first concert of the season concluded with two unannounced pieces: new works by American Pianists Awards winners Sean Chen and Dan Tepfer!

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Introducing Peter Mraz

Introducing Peter Mraz

Join American Pianists Association President and CEO, Peter Mraz, for a chat about his background, training as a pianist and his favorite piece to play in part one of a series. 

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Grand Encounters 2021-2022

Grand Encounters 2021-2022

We are thrilled to announce our 2021‐22 Grand Encounters season, featuring performances by famed pianists Sara Davis Buechner and Michelle Cann as well as music from multiple American Pianists Awards winners, including 2021 classical winner Kenny Broberg.

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Celebrating Joel Harrison

Celebrating Joel Harrison

American Pianists Association CEO/President and Artistic Director, Dr. Joel Harrison, retired July 31 after nearly 21 years with the organization. In interviews with the Indianapolis Star, NUVO and International Arts Manager, Joel reflected on this time.

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Choosing Competition Repertoire in a Time of Pandemic

Choosing Competition Repertoire in a Time of Pandemic

Choosing repertoire to play in a competition always requires some thought. The 2021 American Pianists Awards presented challenges we have not had previously—and do not want to have ever again!

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Alluvion continues the tradition

Alluvion continues the tradition

New music has played an important role in the American Pianists Awards dating back to APA CEO Joel Harrison’s installation as artistic director in 2001.

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Playing Jenga at the American Pianists Awards!

Playing Jenga at the American Pianists Awards!

The five finalists of the 2021 American Pianists Awards take a break from media day to play a game of Jenga.

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Joel Harrison To Step Down from American Pianists Association

Joel Harrison To Step Down from American Pianists Association

Harrison retires on June 30, 2021, after a nearly 21-year tenure

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Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Mackenzie Melemed

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Mackenzie Melemed

Mackenzie Melemed recounts finding out he was selected as a finalist for the 2021 American Pianists Awards, then shares stories of his youth and current interests.

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Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Kenny Broberg

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Kenny Broberg

2021 American Pianists Awards finalist Kenny Broberg answers five questions accompanied by his performance of Chopin's Mazurka in F-sharp Minor.

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