“Each one of the contestants is so incredibly talented and I look forward to watching them as they embark on their musical journey. It’s been an honor to provide these performers with a platform to showcase their incredible skill,” said Bonnie Barrett, director, Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) April 18, 2019
Benjamin Tweedt of Cincinnati, Ohio earned the Grand Bohemian Prize at the 5th annual American Jazz Pianist Competition (AJPC) held last night at Yamaha Artist Services in Manhattan. As winner of the top award, Tweedt will receive prizes totaling more than $8,000, including a check for $6,000, a $1,200 check for three performances at Kessler Hotels and a $300 travel allowance.
Overall, seven pianists aged 18-25 performed in the prestigious program which showcased outstanding performances in both solo and trio formats.
Michael Clement of Bountiful, Utah and Benjamin Rosenblum of New York City were awarded the Yamaha Prize at the competition, each earning $5,500 worth of prizes, while Jahari Stampley of Chicago earned the Bösendorfer Prize capturing $6,000 in rewards. Rounding out the list of accolades, Rowan Barcham of Dallas, Wade Girton of Arlington, Texas and Michael Orenstein of Berkeley, California won the Brian Gatchell Award, each performer receiving a Yamaha P-125 digital piano.
“I’m thrilled I got the chance to make music in the company of such gifted musicians,” said Tweedt. “This whole experience has been so meaningful to me and I’m so glad to have partaken in it.”
Jim McNeely, Jeremy Siskind and Elio Villafranca comprised the panel of luminary judges at this year’s competition, while bassist Mike Richmond and drummer Adam Nussbaum accompanied each contestant during the trio section. Bösendorfer is the official piano of the AJPC.
“Each one of the contestants is so incredibly talented and I look forward to watching them as they embark on their musical journey,” said Bonnie Barrett, director, Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. “It’s been an honor to provide these performers with a platform to showcase their incredible skill.”
For more information, please visit http://www.americanjazzpianistcompetition.org.
About Yamaha Artist Services New York, Inc.
Established in 1987 in New York City, Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (YASI) provides a wide range of professional services exclusively for performing artists, concert venues, performing arts organizations and educational institutions, representing an unparalleled commitment to the music industry and an invaluable resource for musicians, presenters and educators worldwide.