Avery Fisher Career Grants

"Musicians of outstanding ability are such an important part of our culture. But they are like flowers that must bloom at a particular time. They have to be helped at the right moments…" — Avery Fisher

These Grants of $25,000 give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee believe have great potential for solo careers. Since 2004, consideration is also being given to chamber ensembles. Up to five Career Grants may be given each year. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.

Grant Recipients 1970–1979

1976    
Ani Kavafian, violinist
Heidi Lehwalder
, harpist
Ursula Oppens
, pianist
Paul Schenly
, pianist


1977
André-Michel Schub, pianist
Richard Stoltzman
, clarinetist

Grant Recipients 1980–1989

1980    
Mona Golabek, pianist
Sharon Robinson
, cellist


1982
Stephen Burns, trumpeter
Christopher O'Riley
, pianist
Santiago Rodriguez
, pianist
Gustavo Romero
, pianist
Joseph Swensen
, violinist


1983    
Carter Brey, cellist
Jeffrey Kahane
, pianist
Ida Levin
, violinist
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
, violinist
Dmitry Sitkovetsky
, violinist


1985    
Mark Peskanov, violinist
Peter Wiley
, cellist
Peter Zazofsky
, violinist

1986    
Joshua Bell, violinist
Matt Haimovitz
, cellist
Ken Noda
, pianist

1987    
Lydia Artymiw, pianist
Stephanie Chase
, violinist
Alexander Markov
, violinist
Anne-Marie McDermott
, pianist
David Shifrin
, clarinetist

1988    
Pamela Frank, violinist
Ida Kavafian
, violinist
Andrew Rangell
, pianist
David Starobin
, guitarist

1989    
Allison Eldredge, cellist
Daniel McKelway
, clarinetist
Paul Neubauer
, violist

Grant Recipients 1990–1999

1990    
Yosif Feigelson, cellist
Gil Shaham
, violinist
Chee-Yun
, violinist

1991    
Hung-Kuan Chen, pianist
Marina Piccinini
, flutist
Stephen Prutsman
, pianist
Wendy Warner
, cellist

1992    
Sarah Chang, violinist
Bion Tsang
, cellist

1993    
Anne Akiko Meyers, violinist

1994    
Leila Josefowicz, violinist
Edgar Meyer
, double bassist
Awadagin Pratt
, pianist
Ignat Solzhenitsyn
, pianist
Scott Yoo
, violinist

1995
Catherine Cho, violinist
Hilary Hahn
, violinist
Gary Hoffman
, cellist
Helen Huang
, pianist
Jennifer Koh
, violinist

1996    
Frederic Chiu, pianist
Eduardus Halim
, pianist
Tricia Park
, violinist
Sophie Shao
, cellist
Christopher Taylor
, pianist

1997    
Mia Chung, pianist
Tamaki Kawakubo
, violinist
Nokuthula Ngwenyama
, violist
Orli Shaham
, pianist

1998    
Jeremy Denk, pianist
Andrés Díaz
, cellist
Soovin Kim
, violinist
Terrence Wilson
, pianist

1999
Jonathan Biss, pianist
Jennifer Frautschi
, violinist
Max Levinson
, pianist
Adam Neiman
, pianist

Grant Recipients 2000–2009

2000
Igor Begelman, clarinetist
Anthony McGill
, clarinetist
Alisa Weilerstein
, cellist

2001    
Timothy Fain, violinist
Daniel Lee
, cellist
Hai-Ye Ni
, cellist
Tara Helen O'Connor
, flutist

2002
Stefan Jackiw, violinist
Mark Kosower
, cellist
Meng-Chieh Liu
, pianist
Orion Weiss
, pianist

2003
Colin Jacobsen, violinist
Demarre McGill
, flutist
Giora Schmidt
, violinist
Scott St. John
, violinist/violist
Natalie Zhu
, pianist

2004
Bridget Kibbey, harpist
Peter Kolkay
, bassoonist
Tai Murray
, violinist
Clancy Newman
, cellist

2005
James Ehnes, violinist
Priscilla Lee
, cellist
The Miró Quartet
Shai Wosner
, pianist

2006
Efe Baltacigil, cellist
Erin Keefe
, violinist
Jennifer Montone
, hornist
Richard O'Neill
, violist
The Pacifica Quartet

2007
Borromeo String Quartet
Yura Lee
, violinist
DaXun Zhang
, double bassist

2008
Jupiter String Quartet
José Franch-Ballester
, clarinetist
Karen Gomyo
, violinist
Gilles Vonsattel
, pianist

2009
Inon Barnatan, pianist
Alessio Bax
, pianist
Alexander Fiterstein
, clarinetist
Augustin Hadelich
, violinist
Arnaud Sussmann
, violinist

Grant Recipients 2010–present

2010
David Aaron Carpenter, violist
Kirill Gerstein
, pianist
Joyce Yang
, pianist
Yuja Wang
, pianist

2010 career grant recipients

2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant winners (L to R): Charles Avery Fisher; pianist Joyce Yang; pianist Yuja Wang; Nancy Fisher; violist David Aaron Carpenter (not pictured pianist, Kirill Gerstein).
Photo credit: Henry Grossman

2011
Caroline Goulding, violinist
Benjamin Hochman
, pianist
Chu-Fang Huang
, pianist

2011 career grant recipients

2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant winners (L to R): Nathan Leventhal, Chairman, Avery Fisher Artist Program; Benjamin Hochman, pianist; Caroline Goulding, violinist; Chu-Fang Huang, pianist; Nancy Fisher; Charles Avery Fisher.
Photo credit: Henry Grossman

2012
Benjamin Beilman, violinist
Conrad Tao
, pianist

2012 career grant recipients

2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients (L to R): Conrad Tao, pianist; Charles Avery Fisher; Nathan Leventhal, Chairman, Avery Fisher Artist Program; Nancy Fisher; Benjamin Beilman, violinist.
Photo credit: Henry Grossman

2013
Escher String Quartet
Bella Hristova
, violinist
Kuok-Wai Lio
, pianist
Andrew Tyson
, pianist
Itamar Zorman
, violinist

2012 career grant recipients

2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients (L to R): Charles Avery Fisher; Nancy Fisher; Kuok-Wai Lio, pianist; Itamar Zorman, violinist; Bella Hristova, violinist; Nathan Leventhal, Chairman, Avery Fisher Artist Program. (Not pictured are the Escher String Quartet and pianist, Andrew Tyson.)
Photo credit: Henry Grossman

2014
Charlie Albright
, pianist
Calder Quartet
Dimitri Murrath
, violist

2014 Avery Fisher Career Grants recipients

2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients (L to R): Nathan Leventhal, Chairman, Avery Fisher Artist Program; Dimitri Murrath, violist; Charlie Albright, pianist; Nancy Fisher; Calder Quartet; Charles Avery Fisher.
Photo credit: © Steve J. Sherman