The Avery Fisher Prize

The Program awards the Prize to solo instrumentalists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in music, with consideration, since 2004, also being given to chamber ensembles. There is no age limit, and recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. A marble plaque in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center commemorates all who have received the Prize, which carries a monetary award of $75,000.

Prize Recipients

1975
Lynn Harrell, cellist
Murray Perahia, pianist

1978
Yo-Yo Ma, cellist

1979
Emanuel Ax, pianist

1980
Richard Goode, pianist

1982
Horacio Gutiérrez, pianist

1983
Elmar Oliveira, violinist

1986
Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist

1988
André Watts, pianist

1991
Yefim Bronfman, pianist

1994
Garrick Ohlsson, pianist

1999
Sarah Chang, violinist
Pamela Frank, violinist
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violinist

2000
Edgar Meyer, double bassist
David Shifrin, clarinetist

2001
Midori, violinist

2004
Emerson String Quartet

Eugene Drucker, violinist
Philip Setzer, violinist
Lawrence Dutton, violist
David Finckel, cellist

2007
Joshua Bell, violinist

2008
Gil Shaham, violinist

2011
Kronos Quartet

David Harrington, violinist
John Sherba, violinist
Hank Dutt, violist
Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist

2014
Jeremy Denk, pianist