An Extreme Season

The 2013 – 2014 season of the American Pianists Association’s Grand Encounters, a concert series featuring 5 pianists in 5 concerts in 4 venues, might just as easily this year be called “Extreme Encounters.”  Over the course of this season you’ll hear a large-scale early work by Brahms (Sonata, op. 2) as well as his more intimate, final works in the piano genre (Klavierstücke, op. 118 and 119), performed by a highly-seasoned international artist, Emanuel Ax (May 13, 2014)…


…and a younger, emerging artist, Alexander Schimpf, Cleveland International Piano Competition Gold Medalist (November 3, 2013).  You will also hear Beethoven’s last piano sonata, op. 111 (Alexander Schimpf).  Pushing that extreme to a more contemporary level, you will hear new works by Missy Mazzoli (whose APA-commissioned piece, you may remember, was premiered during Discovery Week last spring), Brett Dean, and Andrés Hamary (world premiere).


And to go even to a greater extreme, you will hear “works” not yet even composed, as we will feature American Pianists Association’s 2007 Jazz Fellow Dan Tepfer improvising musical responses on…


…’standards’ – great classics, that is, performed by our current Classical Fellow, Sean Chen (2 shows on February 8, 2014).


Vadym Kholodenko, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist (March 16, 2014) will play an all-Rachmaninov program, including the Sonata No. 1 – an “extreme” work by any standard, given its length and extraordinary demands on the performer.

Van_Cliburn_Vadym_Kholodenko 3 (Ellen Appel-The Cliburn)

Grand Encounters will be taken to an extreme in the venues as well.  Emanuel Ax will play in the new concert hall at Butler University, The Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts – a superb, classically-oriented space.

Dan Tepfer and Sean Chen will play “in the round” at The Jazz Kitchen, the professional jazz club in Indianapolis, combining classical and jazz idioms in the two performance sets.

Maybe not as extreme as the Grand Encounters concert, where Anderson Roe Piano Duo performed at Talbott Street with special appearances by Dance Kaleidoscope in Fall 2011.


That concert sold out quickly!  And, took classical music out of the concert hall and into an informal club setting.

Who knows – maybe next season we will be at the “pagoda” of the Indy 500 race track!

Look forward to seeing you at these extremely fabulous concerts!

#GrandEncounters tickets available at or by calling 317.940.9945

– Joel Harrison, President/CEO & Artistic Director (American Pianists Association)


Author: americanpianistsassociation

The mission of the American Pianists Association is to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American jazz and classical pianists.

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