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American Pianists Association

The American Pianists Association (APA) and the WFMT Radio Network are pleased to announce the radio series showcasing the competition finalists for the APA's 2013 Classical Fellowship Awards.

The 2012-13 ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards is a year-long competition where students vie for the top five positions in the finals.  Five talented young musicians will compete for a prize valued at more than $100,000, one of the most lucrative awards available to an American pianist. 

Billed as "Classical Discovery Week," the finals took place from April 15-April 20 in Indianapolis, home of the APA, and the WFMT Radio Network will make the final competition available to stations throughout the world in the form of four 2-hour programs which will be broadcast ready on October 1, 2013.  
 
The Finalists - Sean Chen, Sara Daneshpour, Claire Huangci, Andrew Staupe and Eric Zuber -participated in a plethora of public, adjudicated concerts: solo recitals; chamber music with the Linden String Quartet; APA-commissioned premieres of new music by five prominent women composers (Lisa Bielawa, Margaret Brouwer, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider); a song recital with soprano Jessica Rivera (April 18); and concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz (April 19, 20). On April 20, one Finalist was named the APA's 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow: a musician with the potential to make significant contributions to American cultural life.

The American Pianists Association's Fellowship provides a $50,000 cash award and two years of career assistance and performances, valued together at more than $100,000.  Performance opportunities during the fellowship period involve solo recitals as well as appearances with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Santa Fe and Tucson.  Previous winners have been presented at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Dame Myra Hess Series, Chopin Foundation of America; in various recital series nationwide; and on tours overseas.  Steinway is the official piano of the 2013 Fellowship, and the chosen Fellow will issue a solo recording on the Steinway label, for distribution by ArkivMusic.

Unlike any other major piano competition, the American Pianists Association focuses equally on classical and jazz pianists.  Since 1992, the organization has offered Jazz Fellowships, with a similar cash award of $50,000 - the largest available in the jazz piano world.  The 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz is Aaron Diehl, hailed by the New York Times as a "revelation." Former Fellows include Dan Tepfer (2007) and Aaron Parks (2001).  The next Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz will be named in April 2015.

This mini series will be available free of charge to all affiliate stations beginning October 1, 2013.  For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Estlin Usher at 773-279-2112, email: eusher@wfmt.com.

 

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