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America's premiere jazz and classical piano competitions.

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America's premier jazz and classical awards

The mission of the American Pianists Association is to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists. We celebrate the beauty of music through America's premier jazz and classical awards.

The American Pianists Association nurtures the artistic growth of America's top young pianists by focusing on creative expression and career development. Our largest and most prestigious support is given through a biennial competition known as the American Pianists Awards.  Since our founding in 1979, the American Pianists Association has supported 46 winners.

The American Pianists Awards are held every two years to discover the best aspiring young American jazz or classical pianists. The unique and innovative competitions span 13 months and provide a platform to deeply engage musical artists in a variety of creative formats and settings. Winners receive cash and two-years of career advancement and support valued at over $100,000, making this one of the most coveted prizes in the music world and the largest for American jazz pianists. Visit American Pianists Association


2017 American Pianists Awards - Gala Finals

Night one (of two) of the American Pianists Awards finals, featuring three finalists performing piano concertos with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz.

RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major by Henry Kramer
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16 by Drew Petersen
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sam Hong

2015 American Pianists Awards - Sullivan Fortner

American Pianists Awards finals performance of 2015 winner Sullivan Fortner.