Caroline Goulding Receives 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant

18 year-old violinist is one of three recipients of the prestigious prize awarded yesterday at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

At Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, violinist Caroline Goulding was among three young artists awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. The other recipients were pianists Benjamin Hochman and Chu-Fang Huang. The Avery Fisher prize is the latest in a series of career milestones for the 18-year-old Goulding who has in recent years also been first prize winner in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the recipient of a GRAMMY nomination for her self-titled debut recording on the Telarc label released in 2009.

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, 121 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 Augustin Hadelich and Hilary Hahn, pianist Kirill Gerstein and clarinetist Anthony McGill. The Avery Fisher Career Grants 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.

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 recipients were taped for broadcast by Classical 105.9 FM ~ WQXR, with host Robert Sherman, to be aired on Wednesday, March 30, from 9 - 10 pm. The 2011 awards mark the 32nd time WQXR has broadcast these festivities, having been a broadcast partner since the first Career Grants were awarded in 1976. WNET SundayArts will also be featuring the 2011 recipients.

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