Aidan Purtell

Aidan Purtell


Country: United States
Birth Date: July 4, 2005
Teacher: Andreas Werz
School: Clovis Online School, Clovis, California
Concerto: Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (I. Allegro ma non tanto)

Aidan Purtell is an eleventh-grade student in the Clovis Unified School District. He first began music instruction at five years of age and has been studying with Professor Andreas Werz since 2015. In addition to his regular studies, he has had the privilege to perform for such noted pianists and pedagogues as Garrick Ohlsson, Gary Graffman, Jon Nakamatsu, Antonia Pompa-Baldi, Antoinette Perry, Kathryn Brown, Fabio Bidini, and Alexander Kobrin.

Most recently, he was awarded first place at the 2021 Southern California International Piano Competition and second place at the 2021 Paderewski Youth Piano Competition in Paso Robles, California. This past summer he participated in the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy Summer Festival. In May, he was awarded first place at the State Finals of the 2021 Music Teachers’ Association of California Piano Concerto Competition.

Last year he was awarded second place at the 2020 Paderewski Youth Piano Competition in Paso Robles, California and the 2020 Centro Franz Liszt Youth Piano Competition in La Nucia, Spain, and received an Honorable Mention at the 2020 MTAC’s Northern California Piano Concerto Competition. He was also a semifinalist at the 2020 Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition and was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2019 Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Piano Competition in Stanislaus.

Locally, in 2021, he earned second place in the MTAC, Fresno Branch, Solo Piano Competition Senior Division and was awarded first place in the Intermediate Division in 2019 and in the Junior Division in 2017. Aidan continues to perform in various piano venues throughout California and Germany.