HOW IT ALL BEGAN
AmateurPianists is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 by Glenn Kramer to provide performance opportunities for amateur pianists of all professions, backgrounds, and skill levels. Since its formation, membership has grown to over 1,800 piano enthusiasts and is the largest piano meetup group in the world. Performances are held at various venues—from recital halls and libraries, to churches and private homes. The group also provides educational opportunities, such as masterclasses and lectures on performance practice, the history of classical music and much more.
One of our key events is the San Diego International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs—this competition was held in 2016 and 2019. With the addition of a Festival to the competition, even more amateurs had an opportunity to play and be heard.
Classical music should be enjoyable and accessible to everyone, and AmateurPianists serves to facilitate this mission by connecting pianists with audiences.
Our Mission is fourfold: (1) to provide performance opportunities for adult amateur pianists of all professions and backgrounds, (2) to enable free access to piano music at recitals and other events for audience members of all ages and walks of life, (3) to offer learning opportunities through masterclasses and lectures, and (4) to host the San Diego International Piano Competition and Festival for Outstanding Amateurs.
Board of Directors
Connie Almond—Director, Programming
Glenn Kramer—Director, Graphics
Yang Shen—Director, Technology
Songqing Wen—Director, At large
Betty Ann Hoehn
Rewa Colette Soltan