May 17, 2013

Five Avery Fisher Career Grants Awarded for 2013

The Avery Fisher Artist Program, established by the late Avery Fisher as part of a major gift to Lincoln Center in 1974, serves as a monument to Mr. Fisher's philanthropy and love of music. The 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grants have been awarded to violinists Bella Hristova and Itamar Zorman, pianists Kuok-Wai Lio and Andrew Tyson, and the Escher Sting Quartet.

Five Avery Fisher Career Grants Awarded for 2013


On May 15th at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts,

Nathan Leventhal, the Program's Chairman, Charles Avery Fisher and Nancy Fisher

announced five 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients:


BELLA HRISTOVA and ITAMAR ZORMAN, violinists;

KUOK-WAI LIO and ANDREW TYSON, pianists;

ESCHER STRING QUARTET



The Avery Fisher Artist Program, established by the late Avery Fisher as part of a major gift to Lincoln Center in 1974, serves as a monument to Mr. Fisher’s philanthropy and love of music, with the Career Grants in particular exemplifying his devotion to helping young artists. Since the first Career Grants were given in 1976, 128 have been awarded (including this year’s grants), and all recipients are currently working musicians. Identified early in their careers, among former Career Grant recipients are violinists Leila Josefowicz and Augustin Hadelich, pianists Jonathan Biss and Yuja Wang, and the Pacifica Quartet.


Festivities were held at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for an invited audience. This year’s announcement, made by the Program’s Chairman Nathan Leventhal, along with Charles Avery Fisher and Nancy Fisher (children of the late Avery and Janet Fisher), and performances by the three of the five recipients were recorded for broadcast by Classical 105.9 FM ~ WQXR, with host Robert Sherman, to be aired on Wednesday, May 22, from 9 - 10 pm. The other two recipients, the Escher String Quartet and pianist Andrew Tyson, were unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts. The 2013 awards mark the 34th time WQXR has broadcast these festivities, having been a broadcast partner since the first Career Grants were awarded in 1976. WNET Thirteen will also be featuring 2013 recipients on its NYC-ARTS program.


For information about the Program (Avery Fisher Prize and Career Grants), please visit the Avery Fisher Artist Program website, www.averyfisherartistprogram.org. Links to today’s 2013 Career Grant performances, as well as performances of select past recipients, are also available on this website.


Avery Fisher Career Grants of the Avery Fisher Artist Program are designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists, as well as chamber ensembles, who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program believe to have great potential for major careers. Each recipient receives an award stipend of $25,000, to be used for specific needs in furthering a career. Recognizing the need for video in a young career, the Avery Fisher Artist Program provides recipients with a professionally videotaped, unrestricted DVD of the day’s performance to aid them in publicizing their work.


Up to five Avery Fisher Career Grants may be given each year and recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Recipients are nominated by the Program's Recommendation Board, which comprises nationally known instrumentalists, conductors, composers, music educators, managers and presenters. Final selections are made by the Executive Committee, whose members are: Emanuel Ax, pianist; David Finckel and Wu Han, Artistic Directors, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Henry Fogel, Dean, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University; Anthony Fogg, Artistic Administrator, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Pamela Frank, violinist; Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School; Nathan Leventhal, Chairman, Avery Fisher Artist Program; Reynold Levy, President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Yo-Yo Ma, cellist; Jane S. Moss, Vice President, Programming, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Chad Smith, Vice President, Artistic Programming, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Matías Tarnopolsky, Director, Cal Performances, UC Berkeley; and Matthew VanBesien, Executive Director, New York Philharmonic. Charles Avery Fisher and Nancy Fisher are advisors to the Executive Committee. The Program periodically also awards the Avery Fisher Prize. The Avery Fisher Artist Program is grateful to Lincoln Center, Inc. and its president Reynold Levy for continued support.


Biographies of recipients available in separate PDF.

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