We’re excited to announce that the 1st-10th Anniversary of Art of the Piano will be happening online, OnLive!™️ as I think of it, starting June 23 at 6pm.

The Art of the Piano foundation is the proud recipient of a $25,000 IMPACT grant from ARTSWAVE.

ArtsWave Grants for African American Arts are meant to strengthen the capacity for arts presenting, producing, programming and instruction at organizations led by or predominantly serving Black Cincinnatians. Offering dedicated grants for this purpose is one way that ArtsWave is working to increase the sustainability of arts organizations that focus on the preservation and advancement of Black arts and culture.

This funding will support the STILLPOINT™ project which has commissioned seven composers to write for Awadagin Pratt, Roomful of Teeth, and String Orchestra. Four of our composers are African American, Jessie Montgomery, Tyshawn Sorey, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Alvin Singleton. Paola Prestini, Judd Greenstein, and Peteris Vasks round out the all star group. The fact that ARTSWAVE could not have predicted the current movement around racial equity when they initiated this grant project, speaks to the quality and nature of leadership at the organization. They are truly invested in equal representation of all races in the arts. We thank them broadly as well for their dimensional and unstinting support of the arts in Cincinnati. They truly are leaders nationally in the field.

On the issue of race, and police departments, I direct your attention to my audio show, Take Five, Season I, Episode 2, which documents in a musical and narrated piece, what we shall call my “interactions”……with various police departments around the country. I believe (and so far a few others!) that it’s a worthwhile listen.

Meanwhile we’re super excited about this season, our 1st-10th Anniversary, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Art of the Piano, 2020, OnLive!
All best,


Awadagin Pratt

Upcoming OnLive!™ events:

Young Artists Concerts

Every Friday evening at 8pm.

June 23 - 25 6pm EST

Garrick Ohlsson

June 28, 4pm EST

Alexander Korsantia

July 5, 4pm EST

Victor Rosenbaum

July 11, 8pm EST

Simone Dinnerstein

July 12, Time TBA | Roundtable:

Enrico Elisi, Boris Slutsky, Marina Lomazov, John Perry, Jim Giles

July 18, 2pm EST

William Nabore

July 19, 4pm EST

Vladimir Feltsman

July 25, 8pm EST

Jeffrey Kahane

July 26, time TBA

Olga Kern

Featured Young Artists

Antonio Ajero

15-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero is a scholarship winner from the Texas Commission of the Arts under their Texas Young Masters Program. Nio has attended the Aspen Music Festival & School where he performed on their student spotlight series and studied with...

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Nikita Lukinov

Russian-born Nikita Lukinov started studying in 2005 at Voronezh Central Music School with Svetlana Semenkova, an alumna of Dmitry Bashkirov. Nikita’s first success was a Grand-Prix at the 2010 International Shostakovich Piano Competition for Youth (Moscow). Nikita’s...

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Lewis Warren

Lewis Warren Jr. is an award-winning pianist and an accomplished composer, arranger, and improviser. His special ability to connect with people through music was evident at an early age. He has been featured in many televised and broadcasted performances including...

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Eric Guo

Eric Guo, a 17-year-old Toronto native, started piano at four and is currently studying with full scholarship in his 6th year at The Taylor Academy of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, under Prof. John O’Conor. He has participated in masterclasses...

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Art of the Piano is a festival created to raise the level of artistry for young pianists.  It’s a platform for them to work with the world’s leading artists and teachers, to perfect recital and competition repertoire.  Art of the Piano is a fantastic place to be inspired, learn new ideas, go home a better musician.

~Awadagin Pratt


“You can’t see music as it passes through the air.  You can’t grasp it and hold on to it.  You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it.  But it has a most powerful effect on most people.  And that is a wondrous thing to contemplate.”

- Leon Fleisher

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