What we're about

AmateurPianists (https://AmateurPianists.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the largest meetup group for pianists in the US. It was founded in 2011 by Glenn Kramer to provide performance opportunities for amateur pianists of all professions and backgrounds. Since its formation, membership has grown to include both pianists and non-pianists, people who love piano music or perhaps would be interested in attending their first ever piano performance. Our performances are FREE to the audience and are held at various venues—from recital halls and libraries, to churches and private homes. AmateurPianists also provides educational opportunities, such as masterclasses and lectures on performance practice, the history of classical music, and much more, including the San Diego International Piano Competition and Festival for Outstanding Amateurs (https://AmateurPianists.org/compfestinfo).

We believe that piano music should be enjoyable and accessible to everyone, and AmateurPianists serves to facilitate this vision by connecting pianists with audiences.

Membership is free, so join us!

Board of Directors: Chair - Lulu Hsu, Yang Shen, Glenn Kramer, Songqing Wen, Connie Almond

Upcoming events (5)

To Compete or Not: An Insider's Look at Piano Competitions

Participating in a piano competition can be considered anything from a worthy goal to a pianist's worst nightmare. Most pianists can place themselves somewhere on this continuum. AmateurPianists is pleased to announce our first ever virtual event, showcasing John Gutheil, a longtime AmateurPianists member, who has competed in both the 2016 and 2019 AmateurPianists’ International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, as well as the Cliburn Amateur Competition and a few others. He will share his journey in preparing for a competition, his practice schedules, expectations and perhaps most importantly, understanding why he chose to do this on top of a busy day job running a biotech company. He will also share a few pieces from his competition videos and will answer questions in real time. Join us on Sunday, May 31 at 3pm by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/AmateurPianists. It will be webcast from our YouTube channel and will be free for all to watch. No password required, nothing to download! Thank you and stay healthy, Lulu Hsu Chair, AmateurPianists

Canceled: June Recital ~ Piano Teachers' Students Recital

Due to on-going concerns about the pandemic, this event is canceled. We hope that some of our young pianists will consider participating in the future when we can organize another recital for under 18 year olds. Thank you for your consideration. This is a special recital just for piano students. This means that we are eliminating our minimum age limit of 18 years so this is a great opportunity for both young and mature pianists to play. Come and support this extravaganza of musical talent of all age groups. The event is FREE to the audience and everyone in the community is welcome to attend! (AmateurPianists encourages adults to play piano and believes in enabling access to piano performance.) Please sign up on our meetup page. Piano teachers can nominate their outstanding students by sending an email to the link below. This is a great opportunity for their students to play a prepared piece on a concert grand piano in front of a supportive audience. To nominate your student(s), please email [masked] Once you are selected to perform, you can use this link to formally register: https://www.amateurpianists.org/performance-request Performers are allocated a maximum of 10 minutes each. Please submit your request by June 1 so we can review the submittals and notify you regarding your piano students. Participants should be currently studying with the teacher who recommended them. Selected pianists will be asked to contribute $20.00 to support AmateurPianists. In the case of duets or ensembles, each musician would be asked to contribute $10.00. Thank you!

Summer Recital

Greene Music

Do you like listening to piano music? Do you play the piano? Then this is for YOU! Listening, enjoying and supporting are FREE at this recital. We will be showcasing adult pianists who will display their musicality and technical skills (plus courage, for some). We ask you to join us for a lovely musical experience and applaud! For this Summer Recital, all piano music is welcome and the pianist can pick whatever music you would like to play, including ensembles with another pianist or musical partner. Performers, 18 years or older, are generally allocated a maximum of 10 minutes each. On occasion, longer pieces may be accepted, depending on the number of performers registered. Please submit your request by the Wednesday before the recital so we can prepare the program. Pianists selected to perform will be asked to contribute $20.00 to support AmateurPianists—thank you! With duets or ensembles, each musician would be asked to contribute $10.00. To register to perform, please submit the "Recital Performance Request" form at this link: https://www.amateurpianists.org/performance-request For questions, please email [masked] or call[masked]. Thank you!

First Timers' Recital

Greene Music

Finally, a special event just for pianists who have NEVER performed at an AmateurPianists recital, or any public event. This is your chance - to prepare a favorite piece, summon up the courage (for some), walk up to the Yamaha concert grand piano, sit down.....and play! Regardless of your level of piano skills, this event is for all levels by pianists who may have considered signing up to play, or not. We want to have as many members as possible in the audience, to clap and show our support and admiration for the performers. Piano playing is a lifelong skill and passion. Whether you play or love listening to piano music, this is for you! To register, please click on this link https://www.amateurpianists.org/performance-request. We thank you for your performance donation of $20 for solo pianists, or $10 per person for duets or any ensemble performance. This is one of our primary sources of income to keep AmateurPianists in operation, as well as donations. For questions, please email [masked]

Past events (110)

Canceled - Music for a Lifetime

Escondido Public Library

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