Hear the Finalists of the 2017 American Pianists Awards

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Tune in at 9 pm Wednesday for this week's episode of Young Artist's Showcase we hear from the five finalists from the upcoming The 2017 American Pianists Awards in April 2017. Each of these pianists performed at a Steinway Hall media preview party this past September. These talented performers may be familiar to our listeners, as four of the five have previously appeared on the Young Artists Showcase. The most recent APA competition winner, Sean Chen, is another YAS alumnus, and so we’ll hear him perform Dohnányi in the chamber music round of the 2013 APA competition.

The American Pianists Association (APA) was founded in New York City in 1979. Its mission was to support young pianists by granting a three-year fellowship to its competition winners. This fellowship—and mission—continues today. 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.


Bach:  Echo movement from the Overture in the French Style
--Steven Lin, piano

Mendelssohn:  Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
--Steven Lin, piano

Schumann:  “Aufschwung” and “Grillen” from the Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
--Sam Hong, piano

Liszt:  Concert Etude, “La Leggierezza”
--Drew Petersen, piano

Ligeti:  Four pieces from Musica Ricercata
--Henry Kramer, piano

Scriabin:  Etude
--Alex Beyer, piano

Mendelssohn (arr. Rachmaninoff):  Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
--Alex Beyer, piano

Dohnányi:  Quintet in C Major, Op. 1, Adagio and Allegro animato
--Sean Chen, piano; Linden String Quartet