The Journey by the American Pianists Association
Growth stories and moving music by jazz and classical pianoís next generation
World travel. Engagements with top orchestras. Headline runs at the most famous clubs. How does one become a professional pianist? This series highlights growth stories of American Pianists Awards winners and provides an early look at the five finalists for the 2019 American Pianists Awards. Catch them as their stars are launched.
Let’s hear it for #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Keelan Dimick!
After taking first place at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2007, fifteen-year-old Keelan Dimick committed himself to a lifelong pursuit of jazz piano. Keelan has toured across the US covering seventeen states and five countries and has shared the stage with jazz luminaries, including Kobie Watkins, David Liebman, Walter Smith III, Brian Lynch, Cyrille Aimee and multi-platinum recording artist Michael Feinstein.
Recent performances include a string of national tours including a CD release Midwest tour of trumpeter Benny Benackís ìOne of a Kind,î an east coast tour with the Alex Snydman trio, and a series of duo concerts throughout South Florida with New York saxophonist Steven Frieder. In 2018, Keelan performed alongside names such as The Clayton Brothers, Sean Jones and the Benny Green Trio as a fellow artist on the esteemed Jazz Cruise in Fort Lauderdale.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Keelan started formal lessons at age thirteen and quickly began accumulating awards such as Anaheim Heritage Festivalís ìMaestro Award,î Gene Harris Jazz Festivalís ìBest Jazz Solo,î and Interlochen Arts Academyís ìOutstanding Musician.î After high school, Keelan re-located to New York City where he received his Bachelors of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2013. In 2017, he completed his Masters of Music from Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Florida.
Keelan performs regularly and teaches privately in Miami, where he currently resides.