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The gold medalist of the 2011 Cleveland Piano Competition, Alexander Schimpf, was the featured guest to launch the APA's Grand Encounters recital series.

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A fellowship worth more than $100k - including $50k in cash - awaits one of five young jazz pianists competing this weekend at The Jazz Kitchen and Athenaeum.

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Without Jazz Fest to keep track of, APA President and Artistic Director Joel Harrison is restructuring the APA's Jazz Fellows Competition. He told me that the APA will place their Jazz and Classical Fellowships on an equal footing, thereby raising the APA's standing among world piano competitions.

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With the new year upon us, I asked some prominent individuals who shape the local jazz scene one question. What would you wish for the Indy jazz scene in 2007?

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The original Beethoven Foundation in New York became the American Pianists Association 25 years ago before moving to Indianapolis. The original goal was to prepare American classical pianists for international piano competition. Shortly after the organization moved to Indianapolis in 1988, the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was booked to play a concert at Clowes Memorial Hall as a fund-raiser for the APA. He stated from the stage he would donate his fee if the APA would create a jazz piano competition.

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This week the American Pianists Association will announce a new winner for the coveted Cole Porter Fellow title as its top jazz pianist. The winner will receive a prize package worth over $70,000.