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American Pianists Awards
American Pianists Awards
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
The American Pianists Awards are held every two years to discover the best aspiring American jazz or classical pianists. Winners receive cash and two years of career advancement and support valued at over $100,000, making this one of the most coveted prizes in the music world.
MAIN OFFICE
4603 Clarendon Road
Suite 030Indianapolis, IN 46208
UNITED STATES
317-940-9945
WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY
American citizens between 18 and 30 years old.
ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE(S)
Piano
DETAILS
Travel Covered? Yes
Frequency Biennial
First prize More than $50,000
Smallest prize $11,000 to $50,000
Additional prizes Performances
Management
Jury chair(s) Not provided
Jury size 11 or more
Application deadline December 31, 2019
Application notes By nomination only.
SEMIFINALS (live rounds)
Preliminary round (March 2020): 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.
Premiere Series (September 2020-February 2021): 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)
Discovery Week (April 2021): The culmination of the American Pianists Awards, Discovery Week brings all five finalists together for adjudicated performances across multiple genres. The variety of events replicates nearly every kind of performance situation a professional pianist will encounter. Artistic excellence is pursued in each venue, leading to the finals and naming of a winner at the end of the week. All rounds take place in Indianapolis, IN.
COMPETITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Semifinals Semifinals streamed
Finals Finals streamed
PAST COMPETITION WINNERS
2017 Drew Petersen, classical
2015 Sullivan Fortner, jazz
2013 Sean Chen, classical
2011 Aaron Diehl, jazz
2009 Grace Fong & Adam Golka, classical
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