The 2007 finalists for the American Pianists Association (APA) Jazz Fellowship Award have been chosen. The fellowship, which recognizes promising young jazz pianists, is valued at around $75,000.
The preliminary round of the competition weeded out five musicians from 40 contestants. The finalists are as follows: Victor Gould, 19, of Los Angeles, currently attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston; Jacob Koller, 26, of Ariz., a graduate of Arizona State University; Jeremy Siskind, 20, of Irvine, Calif., currently attending the Eastman School of Music; Dan Tepfler, 25, of New York, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, the Paris Conservatory and the New England Conservatory; and Glenn Zaleski, 19, of Mass., currently attending the University of the Pacific’s Bruback Institute. Four alternates were also named in case anything should interfere with the current finalists’ eligibility for competition.