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.
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.
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.
Heir to a familial Russian musical tradition, here comes Nikita Mndoyants, from Cleveland with love!
So what does Liszt mean by Konzertparaphrase? 2013 American Pianists Awards winner Sean Chen explains in this month's Beauty of Music.
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.
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.
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.
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.