What we're about

AmateurPianistsis 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, Keith Weibrecht, Sonya Schumann

Upcoming events (3)

AP Holiday Celebration


We made it through another year and it is time to celebrate! Mark your calendar for a lunch celebration with food and fun and music, AP style!

Please join us for an in-person lunch event and get to know each other better, after making it through another Covid year! There will be entertainment by local talent and of course we will have games!

To make sure we have an accurate count, it is important that you register and pay for this event, please RSVP here: https://www.amateurpianists.org/event-info/holiday-celebration-2

Lunch will be catered at $25.00 per person.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all again!

AP Board
Connie, Glenn, Yang, Dallas, Song, Sonya, Keith, Lulu

Emmanuel Ax - Masterclass with a Master!

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

Yes, it is Emmanuel Ax, the world renowned pianist who has been delighting audiences for decades with his amazing artistry and musical gifts! This LIVE event is hosted by the Education and Community Program of the La Jolla Music Society, and will be held at the prestigious Baker-Baum Auditorium of the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla.

Thanks to La Jolla Music Society and in partnership with SDSU, this event is FREE to all, audience and pianists! But seating is limited and attendance is subject to LJMS's health requirements.

Save the date, and stay tuned for information on registration!

2022 San Diego International Amateur Piano Competition & Festival

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

AmateurPianists is proud to announce the 2022 San Diego International Piano Competition and Festival For Outstanding Amateurs, a classical music tour de force for nonprofessionals from all walks of life. This event will take place June 24–26, 2022. It is a showcase for amateur pianists from all over the world, age 25 and above, to formally compete or simply perform in our non-competitive festival in a world-class concert hall.

Prizes for top 3 places are $2000, $1000 and $500; there will also be awards/prizes for best Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary and Spirit of the Competition.

For more information about the competition and to apply, please go to: https://www.amateurpianists.org/2022-amateur-piano-competition

If you are not ready or don't feel like competing yet, we also have a non-judged Festival that allows amateur pianists like you to perform your favorite piano piece on a beautiful, 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano in the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla, California.

For more information about the Festival and to apply, please go to: https://www.amateurpianists.org/2022-festival-information

We are looking for volunteers to help us during this event. This is a non-profit, volunteer-based event, and we solely rely on volunteers like you to make this event happen! If you are interested in being a part of our volunteer team, please contact Johanna at [masked]

Spread the word! Tell your friends to participate! We look forward to seeing you in La Jolla on June 24-26, 2022.

For photos of our past competitions in 2016 and 2019, click here:


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