Competition as Community

Barn-raising with the American Pianists Association in Indianapolis.

By Lara Downes


It’s April, and I’m taking a few days off from an album launch tour. But instead of relaxing on a beach, I’m on a busman’s holiday to Indianapolis to hear a lot of piano playing at the Discovery Week of the American Pianists Association competition. Every four years, the APA produces the Classical Fellowship Awards: a year-long endeavor that begins with a national call for nominations to identify the top American pianists under thirty...

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