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Music of the Night

Music of the Night

This show is like a glass of champagne--uplifting, fun and bubbly! Two artistic leaders talk about our latest collaboration with Dance Kaleidoscope, featuring 2013 Awards finalist Eric Zuber on piano.

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Take Five with Billy Test

Take Five with Billy Test

Ahead of his Premiere Series concert, 2019 American Pianists Awards finalist Billy Test joined us to Take Five. Enjoy his music and insights:

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Take Five with Kenny Banks Jr.

Take Five with Kenny Banks Jr.

2019 American Pianists Awards finalist Kenny Banks Jr. was ready to Take Five with us recently in a back room at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Check out his verbal and musical responses to our queries.

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Introducing Emmet Cohen

Introducing Emmet Cohen

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlor game based on the concept of "six degrees of separation” that posits any two people on Earth can be linked via six or fewer acquaintances. We can play a similar game with American Pianists Awards finalist Emmet Cohen. 

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Discussing Prokofiev Concerti with Drew Petersen

Discussing Prokofiev Concerti with Drew Petersen

From the Hamptons to the Prairie: Joel Harrison and Drew Petersen discuss performing Prokofiev with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Symphony on the Prairie.

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Introducing Dave Meder

Introducing Dave Meder

“Everything must go!”

Dave Meder’s recent moving sale reflects his career as a pianist, composer and educator.

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Introducing Keelan Dimick

Introducing Keelan Dimick

Oprah Winfrey called it “America’s most unusual town.” 2019 American Pianists Awards finalist Keelan Dimick calls it his hometown.

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Introducing Billy Test

Introducing Billy Test

Billy Test’s piano repertoire ranges from Bach to the blues. He has taken inspiration from Brazilian musical culture and has jammed on the summer festival scene with rock legends.

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American Pianists Awards sneak preview

American Pianists Awards sneak preview

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 | 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 | 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 | 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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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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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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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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