“Sullivan Fortner has won the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, presented by the American Pianists Association. The honor was awarded on Saturday night at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis, after a final round of performances by the five finalists in competition. As the winner, Mr. Fortner will receive $50,000, the opportunity to record for Mack Avenue Records, and two years of professional career services and development.
The American Pianists Association focuses on both jazz and classical music; its Cole Porter Fellowship Awards are held every four years. Finalists are selected through a process of blind submissions. Each pianist later spends a week in Indianapolis, performing concerts and leading workshops at high schools. The competition semifinals, held on Friday night at the Jazz Kitchen, featured solo and trio sets by all five pianists.“
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