Congratulations to our current (2015) winner: Addison Frei as well as Gil Scott Chapman, 2014 Finalist in concert and Joshua Espinoza- AJPC Semi-Finalist 2014 for becoming finalists in the Unisa International Piano Competition. We wish you good luck!!

Read the Unisa press release.

AJPC Finalists and Semi-finalists

2015 AJPC Winners

Pictured from left to right:
Richard Kessler (CEO, Grand Bohemian Hotels)
Addison Frei (23, Grand Bohemian Hotels Prize Winner),
Terry Stockton (Yamaha/ Bösendorfer representative)
David Meder (25, Bösendorfer Prize Winner)

Bösendorfer is the Official Piano of the American Jazz Pianist Competition

Judges of the 2015 AJPC. From Left: Per Danielsson, Kenny Barron, Christian Tamburr

For more press photos, that include the 2015 semi-finalists and finalists in concert please see our Press Photos page.

What we do:

  • Provide a platform for excellence to youth ages 15-25.
  • Celebrate and encourage the growth of a cultural heritage that will improve our nation’s cultural assets.
  • Promote a national art-form to the youth of America.
  • Deliver opportunities for advancement to individuals whose utmost talents lie within the world of Jazz music.
  • Pair the youth with professional musicians, performers and clinicians whom will inspire creative transcendence within the realm of Jazz music in an accessible environment.
  • Eliminate traditional barriers by bringing community together through this unique and American genre.
  • Provide music related education through collaborative efforts.

Artistic Director

Jeremy Siskind

Jeremy Siskind

Among the top jazz pianists of his generation, Jeremy Siskind is the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition among many other awards. Siskind is currently Chair of the Piano Department at Western Michigan University.
View Jeremy Siskind biography

2015 Prize List

  • Gold Award valued over $10,000!
  • Silver Award valued $5,000!
  • Finalist in Concert Award
  • Yamaha Award

2015 Judges

Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron
Final Judge

Nine times Grammy nomenee and long-standing professor of music at Rutgers University, Kenny Barron has recorded more than 40 albums and is renown international performer.
View Kenny Barron biography

Per Danielsson

Per Danielsson
Final Judge

Sweden native Per Danielsson is Assistant Professor in Jazz Piano at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and an active performer with many international jazz legends.
View Per Danielsson biography

Christian Tamburr

Christian Tamburr
Final Judge

Internationally touring vibraphonist and pianist, Christian Tamburr won the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer” award and the “2013 Critics Choice Top Rising Star” award.
View Christian Tamburr biography

Wes Hamrick

Wes Hamrick
Preliminary Judge Chairperson

Jazz and studio music performer, Wes Hamrick graduated from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is performing at festivals and concerts throughout the country.
View Wes Hamrick biography

Paul Tardif

Paul Tardif
Preliminary Judge

Mr. Tardif is an outstanding jazz pianist who has toured with Tony Bennett and performed with Peggy Lee, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra and many more internationally renowned artists.
View Paul Tardif biography