The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet and the Belgian violist Dimitri Murrath have each been named as recipients of Avery Fisher Career Grants for 2014. Worth $25,000, the grants give professional assistance to instrumentalists judged to have exceptional career potential.
Forty years ago, in 1974, the Avery Fisher Artist Program was established by the late Avery Fisher as part of a major gift to Lincoln Center and serves as a monument to Mr. Fisher’s philanthropy and love of music. The Program continues to provide recognition in two categories, the Prize and Career Grants, to outstanding U.S. instrumentalists and, since 2004, chamber ensembles as well.
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. These videos are also posted on the Program’s website. 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, made up of nationally known instrumentalists, conductors, composers, music educators, managers and presenters. Final selections are made by the Program’s Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee currently comprises Emanuel Ax, pianist; Jed Bernstein, President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; David Finckel and Wu Han, Artistic Directors of the 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; Yo-Yo Ma, cellist; Jane S. Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Chad Smith, Vice President, Artistic Planning, 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 Avery Fisher Artist Program is grateful to Lincoln Center, Inc. for continued support.