2023 American Pianists Awards

THE PROCESS

The unique and innovative competition spans 13 months and provides a platform to deeply engage musical artists in a variety of creative formats and settings. The competition takes place in three parts: Preliminary Round, Premiere Series and Discovery Week.

PRELIMINARY ROUND

The first juried stage of the American Pianists Awards, the Preliminary Round is an anonymous adjudication of applicants by a distinguished panel of jurors. APA solicited nominations from a broad range of performing artists, educators and industry professionals. In March 2022, five finalists were chosen based upon exceptional technical ability and unique musical personality demonstrated in the nominees' submitted recordings.

PREMIERE SERIES

The Premiere Series provides the first live, adjudicated performances of the five American Pianists Awards finalists. Over the course of five months, each finalist appears on stage in Indianapolis for a trio/solo performance and completes a three-day residency at an Indianapolis-area high school.

Esteban Castro | September 24, 2022
Paul Cornish | November 5, 2022
Thomas Linger | December 3, 2022
Caelan Cardello | January 28, 2023
Isaiah J. Thompson | February 25, 2023

DISCOVERY WEEK

The culmination of the American Pianists Awards, Discovery Week brings all five finalists together for the adjudicated Club Finals and Gala Finals, in addition to other activities, in April 2023. The variety of events replicates nearly every kind of performance situation a professional pianist will encounter and offers opportunities to perform with celebrated collaborative artists.

Club Finals | April 21, 2023
Gala Finals | April 22, 2023

THE PRIZE

The winner of the American Pianists Awards receives the Cole Porter Jazz Fellowship, cash and two-years of career advancement and support valued at more than $200,000, making this one of the most coveted prizes in the music world and the largest for American jazz pianists.

 

All Premiere Series and Discovery Week performances will be livestreamed.

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