Read their thoughts on April 24th here…
I had a great experience at the event on the 24th. At the lunch, I immediately felt like 21C Media Group was less like a PR firm doing “business” with the artists and more like supporters that are working in tandem with us to help us further our vision in regards to our art. The atmosphere of the day was very genuine and collegial and one truly felt that the APA organization cared for each artist individually. I am so honored to be associated with the American Pianists Association, 21C Media Group, and the other incredible finalists.
– Sara Daneshpour
As a Minnesota pianist that studied in Houston, I always felt a little outside the ‘mainstream’ in classical music training of New York. However, working with 21C Media Group, and debuting in Steinway Hall, was a profound and wonderful experience for me. I gained invaluable advice from 21C members, and the experience of playing for so many distinguished people in Steinway was something I will forever cherish. If only all serious classical pianists could experience what I was fortunate enough to experience that week!!
– Andrew Staupe
The event, which took place at the wonderful Steinway Gallery was both an amazing opportunity to get to meet people who are involved in supporting the arts and the American Pianists Association, as well as to catch up and enjoy an evening with my fellow colleagues. Doing an interview with Bob Sherman is always fun, since he never gives you a heads up about what he will throw at you! Having a program of short but exciting showcases was a great way to finish the day, which began with lunch and conversations with Joel and members from the 21C Media Group. It was great to talk with the people who are experts at spreading the word about classical music, and we covered very interesting and important topics including the transformation into the digital era. It was a privilege to be part of such an amazing group of people!
– Sean Chen
April 24th 2012 was a banner day for me! I was already bubbling with excitement at being chosen as an APA finalist and having the chance to appear before such a knowledgeable and interesting audience at Steinway Hall was the cherry on top. Meeting the staff at 21C Media Group was both fun and informative. I learned a great deal about standing out in the current market and heard some very amusing anecdotes about a-class artists. All in all, it was a day of learning, good food, great company, and brilliant music from my colleagues.
– Claire Huangci
It was a fantastic event and I was honored to be part of it. All of the other finalists are extraordinarily talented and I am happy to be able to call all of them my friends and colleagues. I was especially thrilled to perform in beautiful Steinway Hall in front of such a distinguished audience. Many thanks to APA and all of those involved who made the event so special.
– Eric Zuber