APA Winner Drew Petersen

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Pianist Drew Petersen in The Greene Space

This week on the Young Artists Showcase, we are joined in the studio by Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards. The American Pianists Association (APA) was founded in New York City in 1979 with the mission to support the career advancement of its talented competition winners. Competing pianists aged 18-30 travel to Indianapolis, IN to take part in a wide variety of concerts, which are meant to simulate the professional performance experience, and the winners are awarded both a substantial cash prize and several career development opportunities.

In addition to winning the APA competition, Petersen was also a prizewinner at the Leeds International Piano Competition, the Hilton head International Piano Competition, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Music at Juilliard with Robert McDonald as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner fellowship. On this program, he plays music by Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, and more.

Tune in Wednesday night at 9pm for this week’s Young Artists Showcase.

Bach: Toccata in F-Sharp Minor
--Drew Petersen, piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major
--Drew Petersen, piano

Ravel: Sonatine
--Drew Petersen, piano

Barber: Piano Sonata, Op. 26, IV. Fuga
--Drew Petersen, piano

Gershwin-Wild: Etude No. 3, The Man I Love
--Drew Petersen, piano