Awards Media Day

The five finalists of the 2025 American Pianists Awards came together in New York on May 9 for publicity, professional development and their first performances together as a group. Media Day, as this tradition has become known, was held at Steinway Hall and was a roaring success! Following are some photos from the day—look for more content in the coming months.

Angie Zhang and Titi Ayangade pose for the camera

Voguing with Angie Zhang and photographer Titi Ayangade


Lauren Fischer interviewing Michael Davidman

Michael Davidman answering all the tough questions for social media


Chris Williams and Michelle Cann

American Pianists Association CEO Chris Williams and Christel DeHaan Artistic Partner Michelle Cann served as emcees for the Sneak Preview concert at Steinway Hall. Look for clips of that concert in the coming months!


Avery Gagliano

Avery Gagliano greeting the audience before performing Maurice Ravel’s “Sonatine”


Elliot Wuu

Elliot Wuu delighting in Debussy’s “Claire de Lune”


Sasha Kasman LaudeSasha Kasman Laude performs her arrangement of Medtner’s song “Winter Evening”


The finalists with Michelle Cann



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