The date of the competition for the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship has been moved from February 27th to Saturday, March 6th due to poor weather conditions. The competition is now scheduled for March 6th, 2010 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the Harbor Conservatory located at One East 104th Street in Manhattan. For applications and guidelines and to schedule an audition, call (212) 427-2244 Ext. 557.
The Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship is awarded to intermediate and advanced pianists ages 12-25 for the study of Latin style piano. Applicants must demonstrate their talents in Classical and/or Popular Latin styles. The winner will receive one year’s training free of charge at Harbor Conservatory with one of our specialists in the field of Latin piano. The Scholarship in memory of Charlie Palmieri was established by Tito Puente to further the inspirational musicianship of the great pianist. In style, versatility and instrumental virtuosity, bandleader/pianist/arranger Charlie Palmieri had few equals. In addition to recording, arranging and performing he taught music and Puerto Rican history in the CUNY system. The late great Tito Puente, the “King of Latin music”, master timbalero, arranger, composer, and bandleader, also cared deeply about education for young students and the need for youngsters to continue and/or begin their musical studies, as well as to reaffirm pride in Hispanic culture.