2021 AMERICAN PIANISTS AWARDS
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 were chosen based upon exceptional technical ability and unique musical personality demonstrated in the nominees' submitted recordings.
Each of the five 2021 American Pianists Awards finalists—Kenny Broberg, Dominic Cheli, Michael Davidman, Sahun Sam Hong and Mackenzie Melemed—were awarded cash prizes of $50,000 before the public adjudication process.
In Spring 2021, each pianist performed a solo recital livestreamed in HD worldwide, with no in-person audience. These recitals were part of the competition process and were adjudicated virtually by a distinguished panel.
The competition culminated on June 25-27, 2021, with chamber music with the Dover Quartet, concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Gerard Schwarz, and a short solo performance.
In addition to the $50,000 awarded to each finalist, Kenny Broberg was selected to receive the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, consisting of career assistance for two years, publicity, performance engagements, an Artist-in-Residence post, and a recording contract with Steinway & Sons record label.
More details about the format change of the 2021 Awards can be found in the PRESS RELEASE.