As the 2017 winner of the American Pianists Awards Classical Fellowship, Petersen becomes the APA's latest rising star to perform at Purdue, joining such contemporaries as Sean Chen, Eric Zuber, and Sullivan Fortner. Petersen was featured on the PBS special From the Top at Carnegie Hall and since gone on to graduate from Harvard and received a master's degree from Juilliard.
Drew Petersen began playing piano when he could barely reach the pedals. Now, after nearly two decades of professional performance, it is unsurprising that no aspects of artistry exceed Petersen’s grasp—his intelligence, maturity, and depth featured on the PBS special From the Top at Carnegie Hall at age 12 and since enjoyed by audiences worldwide. As the 2017 winner of the American Pianists Awards, Petersen becomes the American Pianists Association’s latest rising star to perform at Purdue, joining such contemporaries as Sean Chen, Eric Zuber, and Sullivan Fortner. Based in Indianapolis for more than three decades, the APA is one of the world’s most foremost performing arts organizations, and its Classical and Jazz Fellowship awards are among the field’s most prestigious, lucrative, and coveted—the champions earning cash prizes, concert opportunities, career guidance, and a recording contract with Steinway & Sons. This is the latest honor for Petersen, who has also been a prizewinner at competitions in Leeds, Tel Aviv, and Hilton Head, as well as New York, where he has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center, and more. Petersen graduated cum laude from Harvard University as a bachelor of liberal arts in social science and completed undergraduate music studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. He received a master’s of music there with Robert McDonald as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. Under Petersen’s hands, this is an evening of piano classics performed with “perfectly captured…youthful ebullience and glitter” (The Guardian).