Sunday, May 9, 2010

Pianist Yuja Wang Receives 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant

The Avery Fisher Artist Program announced that pianist Yuja Wang is a recipient of a 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant. At only 23 years old, Yuja Wang has already begun to attract attention around the world for her blazing technique and mature interpretations. Yuja adds the Avery Fisher Career Grant to a distinguished list of honors including Gramophone magazine’s 2009 Young Artist of the Year Award and a 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award. Her debut album, Sonatas & Etudes, released in the spring of 2009, was nominated for a Grammy® Award in the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) category and was named Best Debut Album of 2009 by International Piano magazine.

Yuja’s upcoming North American engagements include recitals in Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Washington DC, and San Francisco, and performances with the San Francisco Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Yuja’s second album, Transformation, featuring works by Stravinsky, Brahms, Ravel and Scarlatti was released by Deutsche Grammophon earlier this month.

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, 118 have been awarded. The 2010 Career Grant recipients also include violist David Aaron Carpenter and pianists Kirill Gerstein and Joyce Yang.

The Career Grants were announced at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on April 28, 2010. 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 Fisher), and performances by three of the four recipients were taped for broadcast by Classical 105.9 WQXR ~ FM, with host Robert Sherman, to be aired on Wednesday, May 12 from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. The 2010 awards mark WQXR’s 31st broadcast of the ceremony and performances, having been a broadcast partner since the first Career Grants were awarded in 1976. This year, WNET SundayArts will also feature the 2010 recipients.

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