Blog

Dave Meder's Unamuno Songs and Stories

Dave Meder's Unamuno Songs and Stories

Catching up with 2019 American Pianists Awards finalist Dave Meder as he releases his new album, "Unamuno Songs and Stories."

Read more

Exploring two-piano duo

Exploring two-piano duo

Nothing summons bright moments like two pianos on a single stage. Nuance reigns. And subtle changes have resonating impact.

Read more

Concerto Curriculum Returns!

Concerto Curriculum Returns!

American Pianists Association announces the return of its educational outreach program, Concerto Curriculum, featuring residencies at five area high schools.

Read more

New Works by Sean Chen and Dan Tepfer

New Works by Sean Chen and Dan Tepfer

Our first concert of the season concluded with two unannounced pieces: new works by American Pianists Awards winners Sean Chen and Dan Tepfer!

Read more

Introducing Peter Mraz

Introducing Peter Mraz

Join American Pianists Association President and CEO, Peter Mraz, for a chat about his background, training as a pianist and his favorite piece to play in part one of a series. 

Read more

Grand Encounters 2021-2022

Grand Encounters 2021-2022

We are thrilled to announce our 2021‐22 Grand Encounters season, featuring performances by famed pianists Olga Kern and Michelle Cann as well as music from multiple American Pianists Awards winners, including 2021 classical winner Kenny Broberg.

Read more

Celebrating Joel Harrison

Celebrating Joel Harrison

American Pianists Association CEO/President and Artistic Director, Dr. Joel Harrison, retired July 31 after nearly 21 years with the organization. In interviews with the Indianapolis Star, NUVO and International Arts Manager, Joel reflected on this time.

Read more

Announcing Our New CEO

Announcing Our New CEO

We are pleased to announce Peter Mraz will be the new President and CEO of American Pianists Association!

Read more

Choosing Competition Repertoire in a Time of Pandemic

Choosing Competition Repertoire in a Time of Pandemic

Choosing repertoire to play in a competition always requires some thought. The 2021 American Pianists Awards presented challenges we have not had previously—and do not want to have ever again!

Read more

Alluvion continues the tradition

Alluvion continues the tradition

New music has played an important role in the American Pianists Awards dating back to APA CEO Joel Harrison’s installation as artistic director in 2001.

Read more

Playing Jenga at the American Pianists Awards!

Playing Jenga at the American Pianists Awards!

The five finalists of the 2021 American Pianists Awards take a break from media day to play a game of Jenga.

Read more

Joel Harrison To Step Down from American Pianists Association

Joel Harrison To Step Down from American Pianists Association

Harrison retires on June 30, 2021, after a nearly 21-year tenure

Read more

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Mackenzie Melemed

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Mackenzie Melemed

Mackenzie Melemed recounts finding out he was selected as a finalist for the 2021 American Pianists Awards, then shares stories of his youth and current interests.

Read more

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Kenny Broberg

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Kenny Broberg

2021 American Pianists Awards finalist Kenny Broberg answers five questions accompanied by his performance of Chopin's Mazurka in F-sharp Minor.

Read more

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Dominic Cheli

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Dominic Cheli

2021 American Pianists Awards finalist Dominic Cheli tells us why Baby got Bach, about hanging out with a drummer and more!

Read more

Hommage to Chopin

Hommage to Chopin

2013 Awards winner Sean Chen explores the influence of Chopin on fellow composers in a concert program he calls "Hommage to Chopin."

Read more

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Michael Davidman

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Michael Davidman

American Pianists Awards finalist Michael Davidman dishes about choosing repertoire for competition, the origins of "Puccini MD" and the best place for opera in NYC's K-Town!

Read more

Robert Schumann and the Piano Miniature

Robert Schumann and the Piano Miniature

While Beethoven and Schubert are considered transitional composers between the Classical and Romantic Eras, Robert Schumann emerged in the first generation of quintessentially Romantic composers.

Read more

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Sam Hong

Five Questions with 2021 Awards finalist Sam Hong

Sahun Sam Hong is first up for our profiles of the 2021 American Pianists Awards finalists, but he is no stranger to the competition. 

Read more

Talking Bach, jazz & the Goldbergs

Talking Bach, jazz & the Goldbergs

Writer, pianist and lecturer Stuart Isacoff joined Lee Clifford to discuss Bach, jazz and the Goldberg Variations in advance of American Pianists Awards winner Dan Tepfer's performance of the piece with added improvisations.

Read more

UPDATED Press Release: 2021 Awards Finalists

UPDATED Press Release: 2021 Awards Finalists

The Five Finalists for the 2021 American Pianists Awards will be awarded a cash prize of $50,000

Read more

Celebrating Chopin

Celebrating Chopin

“Hats off gentlemen, a genius!”

Read more

Alessio Bax discusses his

Alessio Bax discusses his "Italian Inspirations"

As a pianist, one must be very creative when thinking of an Italian program. There is almost a total dearth of Romantic piano music, most likely because of the prominence of opera during that period.

However, Italy has always had great music and has always inspired people.

Read more

American Innovator: a conversation with Anthony de Mare

American Innovator: a conversation with Anthony de Mare

"...to be as eclectic as possible." Anthony de Mare talks with American Pianists Association's Lee Clifford ahead of the pianist's concert in Indianapolis.

Read more

40th Anniversary Concert Artists

40th Anniversary Concert Artists

47 winners in 40 years. How would you celebrate an anniversary?

Read more

Prelude to a season

Prelude to a season

American Pianists Association’s Grand Encounters 2019-2020 season does not start until November, but those in Indianapolis have many opportunities to hear great pianists perform before then.

Read more

Grand Encounters 2019-2020: our 40th Anniversary season!

Grand Encounters 2019-2020: our 40th Anniversary season!

Our 40th anniversary season: 9 artists · 4 concerts · flair to spare

Read more

BEAUTY of Music | Rhapsody in Blue

BEAUTY of Music | Rhapsody in Blue

When the clarinet glissando announced the beginning of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on February 12, 1924, little did the audience in Aeolian Hall realize they were witnessing a landmark in American cultural and music history.

Read more

2019 Premiere Series Retrospective

2019 Premiere Series Retrospective

Kenny Banks Jr. made us Get Happy at the first Premiere Series of the 2019 American Pianists Awards, and we have been smiling nonstop since September 2018, as Billy Test, Keelan Dimick, Dave Meder and Emmet Cohen came through town!

Read more

Take Five with Emmet Cohen

Take Five with Emmet Cohen

This month we Take Five with Emmet Cohen and hear his musical impressions of Miami and New York among other topics.

Read more

Sign up for our Newsletter