DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE FOLLOWING IS THE FORMAT FOR THE
2021 AMERICAN PIANISTS AWARDS

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PRELIMINARY ROUND

The first juried stage of the American Pianists Awards, the Preliminary Round, is an anonymous adjudication of nominees by a distinguished panel of musicians. Five finalists were chosen based upon exceptional technical ability and unique musical personality demonstrated in the nominees' submitted recordings.

PRE-COMPETITION AWARD

Each of the five 2021 American Pianists Awards finalists—Kenny Broberg, Dominic Cheli, Michael Davidman, Sahun Sam Hong and Mackenzie Melemed—were awarded cash prizes of $50,000 before the public adjudication process.

SOLO RECITALS

In Spring 2021, each pianist will perform a solo recital to be professionally produced and livestreamed in HD worldwide, with no in-person audience. These recitals are part of the competition process and will be adjudicated virtually by a distinguished panel

FINALS

The competition will culminate on June 25-27, 2021, with chamber music with the Dover Quartet, concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Gerard Schwarz, and a short solo performance before the announcement of the Christel DeHaan Fellowship winner.

THE AWARD

In addition to the $50,000 awarded to each finalist, a single winner will be selected and receive the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, consisting of career assistance for two years, publicity, performance engagements, an Artist-in-Residence post, and a recording contract with Steinway & Sons record label.

More details about the format change of the 2021 Awards can be found in the PRESS RELEASE.


2017 American Pianists Awards winner Drew Petersen

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