Graduate student Sam Hong, piano, was just selected as one of five finalists for the 2017 American Pianists Awards. The finalists will go through a unique 13-month competition process, making frequent visits to Indianapolis to perform various solo and chamber recitals and outreach concerts in the community. The finalists will also do a concerto performance with the Indianapolis Symphony and premiere a newly commissioned work. At the end of this process, the judges will award the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship to the winner. The fellowship includes a $50,000 cash award and career assistance for two years, to include publicity, public performances, and a recording contract on the Steinway label for distribution by Naxos. Mr. Hong also recently won second prize in the Mondavi Young Artists Competition at UC Davis. He was featured on the American Pianists Awards website.