Contests and competitions can be popular! The first game show on commercial TV was Truth or Consequences – but hundreds of years before that, Antonio Vivaldi wrote a work called The Contest Between Harmony and Invention – that included his Four Seasons!
We’ll hear about a contest with the five finalists for the APA - the American Pianists Association on this episode of What’s New!
Find out more about the APA 2017 Piano Awards events here.
The American Pianists Association was founded in New York City as the Beethoven Foundation back in 1979. Three years later, the Foundation to Indianapolis, Indiana, because of its central location and personal ties of founders - including Victor Borge! The group changed its name in 1989 to the American Pianists Association to reflect a broader scope.
Nowadays the APA includes a classical and jazz competition. It not only includes solo, chamber music and orchestral sections, but new music, and outreach activities. Host John Clare spoke to each of the five 2017 finalists about the unique outreach portion, and about their solo program in September 2016 at Steinway Hall.