Chopin for All, Free Concert Series
The Chopin Foundation of the United States
and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Drew Petersen, 2017 Winner of the American Pianists Awards
Miami, April 24, 2018 – The Chopin for All Free Concert Series concludes its current season with featured young award winning American pianist, Drew Petersen. This has been a banner year for Petersen who won the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association. He has been named Artist-in-Residence for two years by the University of Indianapolis, commencing in the fall of 2017. He is also the Winner of a prestigious 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Drew is a four year recipient of the Chopin Foundation’s Scholarship program and we couldn’t be more proud of his recent accomplishments.
When & Where:
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM, Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave, Ft. Lauderdale
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 PM, Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive, Coral Gables
What: Solo piano recital by Drew Petersen performing Beethoven Sonata Op. 10, No. 1, Griffes 3 Fantasy Pieces, Op. 6, and a selection of the pieces by Chopin.
FREE ADMISSION – No Tickets Required
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Pianist Drew Petersen is the winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association, and has been named Artist-in-Residence for two years by the University of Indianapolis.
Petersen also received a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant. This is the latest accolade in a decorated young career that includes being prize winner in the Leeds International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition and the New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.
He was presented at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age five and by age nine he was presented in a solo recital at Steinway Hall in Manhattan for the company’s 150th Anniversary. The New York Times has written about the early performances of the gifted, “freckle-faced 10-year-old who still impresses adults with his intelligence, maturity and depth” and New York Magazine prominently featured Petersen in an article about child prodigies. Petersen’s extraordinary gifts were also chronicled in the documentary Just Normal produced by Kim A. Snyder, and in Andrew Solomon’s book, Far From the Tree, which featured case studies of exceptional children.
An avid traveler, Petersen’s emerging career frequently takes him abroad, where he sets out to discover new foods and meet locals as eagerly as he performs for new audiences. Overseas engagements have included recitals at the Musica e Arte Festival in Tolentino, Italy; Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland; Euro Arts Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany; and American Spring Festival of the Czech Republic.
Drew graduated cum laude from Harvard at age 19 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Social Science and did his undergraduate and graduate music studies at the Juilliard School, the former as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. He has recently been accepted into the Artist Diploma program at the Juilliard School.