2017 GUIDE TO TOP COMPETITIONS

American Pianists Awards
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The American Pianists Awards are held every two years to discover the best young American jazz or classical pianists. The innovative competitions span 13 months and provide a platform to engage artists across varied formats. Winners receive cash and two years of career advancement valued at over $100,000.
MAIN OFFICE
American Pianists Association
4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 030
Indianapolis, IN 46208
UNITED STATES
apainfo@americanpianists.org
WEBSITE
http://www.americanpianists.org
ELIGIBILITY
By nomination only. Candidates must be:
• Citizens of the United States
• Age 18-30
• Extraordinary pianists with the potential to make strong contributions to the music profession in general
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
Cash prizes $10,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline December 22, 2017
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
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 are chosen based upon exceptional technical ability and unique musical personality demonstrated in the nominees’ submitted recordings.
The Premiere Series provides the first live juried performances of the five American Pianists Awards finalists. Over the course of five months, each finalist makes an initial appearance on stage in Indianapolis for solo and ensemble performance and completes a high school residency.
FINALS (live rounds)
The culmination of the American Pianists Awards, Discovery Week (April 3-8, 2017) brings all five finalists together for adjudicated performances across multiple genres.
Chamber Music Recitals with Pacifica Quartet (one finalist per day): April 3-7, 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN
New Music Recital: April 3, 2017 at University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Song Recital: April 6, 2017 at Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, IN
Gala Finals: April 7 & 8, 2017 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, IN Live stream: http://www.americanpianists.org/live
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2015 Sullivan Fortner (jazz)
2013 Sean Chen (classical)
2011 Aaron Diehl (jazz)
2009 Grace Fong (classical)
2009 Adam Golka (classical)
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