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.

Founder

Glenn Kramer

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Board of Directors

Lulu Hsu—Chair

Songqing Wen—Treasurer

Connie Almond—Director, Programming

Glenn Kramer—Director, Graphics

Yang Shen—Director, Technology

Past Directors

Mark Chen

Tavner Delcamp

Earlene Dunbar

John Evans

Susan Fairbrother

Tessa Heunis

Naomi Hobbs

Betty Ann Hoehn

Ava Payne

Gary Poon

Galina Shekhtman

Rewa Colette Soltan

Howard Wang

Keith Weibrecht

Siyuan Zhou

Fred Zuill

858.432.3084

PO Box 502766, San Diego, CA 92150-2766

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