05/15/14

Piano Competition Finalists to Perform In NYC

May 21 gig to feature five upcoming players

The five finalists in the American Pianists Association Jazz Competition will perform at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on May 21 at 7 p.m.

They are:

Kris Bowers / 25 / Los Angeles, CA
Christian Sands / 24 / New York, NY
Zach Lapidus / 27 / Indianapolis, IN
Emmet Cohen / 23 / Miami, FL
Sullivan Fortner / 27 / New Orleans, LA

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The evening will feature each of the five finalists performing one composition, which is inspired by a work of art at the museum.

The Cole Porter Fellowship, valued at $100,000, includes a $50,000 cash prize (the largest prize in the world for a young jazz pianist), a recording contract with Mack Avenue Records, and career assistance and engagement for two years.

The finalists will compete September 2014-February 2015 in Indianapolis, Ind. On March 27, 2015, the semi-finals will take place at the Jazz Kitchen, and on March 28, 2015, the finals will take place at Hilbert Circle Theatre. The Finals will be judged by pianists Amina Figarova, Bill Charlap and Edward Simon, as well as Mack Avenue Records Executive VP of A&R Al Pryor and journalist Don Heckman. The finals will be streamed live featuring webcast host Christian McBride here. The winner will be named the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz.

The Rubin Museum is located at 150 W 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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