LONG ISLAND CITY, NY (April 17, 2013) — This weekend, Steinway & Sons is proud to join music lovers around the world in watching live webcasts of The Gala Finals of the American Pianists Association (APA)’s yearlong competition, the 2013 ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards.
The gripping final two “Discovery Week” concerts will be held on April 19 and 20 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theater in downtown Indianapolis, IN, and webcast live at www.americanpianists.org/media/live.
After concerto performances on Steinway & Sons grand pianos by the five finalists (Sean Chen, Sara Daneshpour, Claire Huangci, Andrew Staupe, and Eric Zuber) with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz, the APA will name the 2013 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow, which is one of the piano world’s most substantial prizes, valued at more than $100,000. As part of the Fellowship award, the winner will issue a solo recording on the Steinway & Sons record label for distribution by ArkivMusic. Former U.S. Secretary of State and noted amateur pianist Condoleezza Rice is the Honorary Chair of the APA’s Classical Fellowship Awards, and she will welcome the Finalists and the audience via video each evening.
The schedule for streaming webcasts of the American Pianists Association’s Gala Finals is as follows:
Friday, April 19, 2013, 8pm EDT
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8pm EDT
All performances will be broadcast live at www.americanpianists.org/media/live. They will also be available for on-demand viewing for a limited period following the competition.
“This is absolutely a can’t-miss event for any classical music lover and any admirer of Steinway & Sons pianos,” said Ron Losby, President, Steinway & Sons — Americas. “With the live webcast, we have the opportunity to see and hear live performances of some of the greatest young classical pianists in the world as they compete for one of music’s most revered fellowships. The competition will be fierce. It promises to be very exciting.”
About the American Pianists Association Fellowship
Recognized by the New York Times for offering “profound early-career assistance” to world-class American classical and jazz pianists, the American Pianists Association has been showcasing the five Finalists for its Classical Fellowship Awards throughout the 2012–13 season. The APA’s Fellowship offers one of the piano world’s most substantial prizes, valued at more than $100,000 — including a $50,000 cash award and two years of career assistance and performances. 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, and Chopin Foundation of America, as well as various recital series nationwide and on tours overseas. For more information, visit www.americanpianists.org or watch www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcbd-a0Auck&feature=youtu.be
About Steinway & Sons
Since its founding in New York in 1853, Steinway & Sons has been considered the world's premier piano manufacturer. Known for their exceptional craftsmanship, Steinway & Sons pianos are built in one of two company-owned and operated factories: Astoria, New York and Hamburg, Germany. Steinway & Sons pianos are still constructed primarily by hand, using many of the techniques developed over 160 years ago. Today, Steinway & Sons also offers the Boston and Essex piano lines, Listen, a magazine for music and culture lovers, and the Steinway & Sons record label. For more information, visit www.steinway.com.
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