Emmet Cohen has won the 2019 American Pianists Awards, one of the world’s major jazz piano competitions. And that means a serious, up-and-coming musician who has already seen success is about to have his career move up a level internationally.

The winner was announced after the five finalists performed Saturday at Hilbert Circle Theatre in a concert emceed by Dee Dee Bridgewater. The Indianapolis-based competition, run by the American Pianists Association, is known for its massive prize. It includes $50,000 in cash, two years of career management, a recording contract with esteemed label Mack Avenue Records and the title of artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis for two years.

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