American Pianists Awards LIVE!

Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center:

Early Set
Late Set
May 25 will be the debut showcase of the five finalists of the 2023 American Pianist Awards – Caelan Cardello, Esteban Castro, Paul Cornish, Thomas Linger and Isaiah J. Thompson. Each pianist will compete for the prestigious Cole Porter Fellowship, given every four years to an American jazz pianist at the conclusion of the organization’s unique 18-month competition. The 2023 American Pianists Awards promise to be one of the most competitive yet, providing winners with cash, two years of career advancement and support (valued at over $200,000). Past winners read as a who’s who of dominant new voices on the global jazz scene: Emmet Cohen (2019), Sullivan Fortner (2015), Aaron Diehl (2011), Dan Tepfer (2007), Adam Birnbaum (2004), Aaron Parks (2001), Jesse Green (1998), Rick Germanson (1996), Kevin Bales (1994) and Jim Pryor (1992).

Full schedule:



September 18 - Kick-Off Event

September 24 - Premiere Series #1 at the Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis

November 5 - Premiere Series #2 at the Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis

December 3 - Premiere Series #3 at the Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis



January 28 - Premiere Series #4 at the Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis

February 25 - Premiere Series #5 at the Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis

April 21 - Club Finals at the Cabaret, Indianapolis

April 22 - Gala Finals at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis

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