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9 artists · 4 concerts · flair to spare



11/06/2019 - American Pianists Association 40th Anniversary Concert

7:30pm @ Indiana Landmarks Center

Since established in 1979, the Association has named 47 winners, six of which will perform on Wednesday, November 6th. Drew Petersen (2017 winner) is known to Indianapolis for his riveting solo recitals and performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Aaron Diehl (2011 winner) became the first jazz pianist to open the New York Philharmonic’s season in 2017 and tours internationally. Thomas Rosenkranz (2003 winner), noted for performances of modern and international music, traveled as Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the United States Department of State. Lori Sims (1993 winner) has performed throughout America, Europe and China and is Professor of Piano at Western Michigan University. Jim Pryor (1992 winner) won the first jazz competition held by the American Pianists Association and has toured the world since. Jonathan Shames (1981 winner) won the organization’s first competition and is now professor of Orchestral Conducting at the University of Oklahoma.

11/17/2019 - Anthony de Mare

3:30pm @ Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

Contemporary specialist and advocate Anthony de Mare arrives Sunday, November 17th with Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis, a 1995 work written for, premiered by and recorded by de Mare. All Music Guide hailed the recording as “a revelatory reading, in that those works that were written for piano and voice have never been heard outside of the composer's own interpretations.” Based on a letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his lover, the poet and journalist Lord Alfred Douglas, during his own imprisonment for gross indecency, The New York Times described De Profundis thusly: “Oscar Wilde’s prison cri du coeur makes Wilde’s suffering disconcertingly personal and physical. While playing the dizzying solo part, the pianist also speaks the text, hits his or herself, whistles and seems to sob.”

03/08/2020 - Ingrid Fliter

3:30pm @ Indiana Landmarks Center

Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award. Since then, she has performed in recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Museé d’Orsay, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Salzburg Festspielhaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as venues in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Vancouver, Montreal, and Santa Barbara.

On Sunday, March 8th, Fliter will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with two of his best-known piano sonatas from the middle part of his career: No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 “The Tempest,” and No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 “The Hunt.” Fliter will round out her program with Schumann’s Symphonic Études.

05/03/2020 - Dan Tepfer

3:30pm @ Trinity Episcopal Church

As the 2007 American Pianists Awards winner, Dan Tepfer, is no stranger to Indianapolis. The pianist-composer is known for his wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive—“a remarkable musician” in the words of The Washington Post—and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama.

On Sunday May 3rd, Tepfer will play Bach’s complete Goldberg Variations, interspersing his own improvisations on Bach’s original variations. The jazz pianist recognizes Bach as a fellow improviser, and considers the Goldbergs to be an inspiring font for creativity. When he first performed the work to New York audiences in 2013, The New York Times called it a “riveting and inspired version.”

The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading figures in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions.

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