"Musicians of outstanding ability are such an important part of our culture," said the philanthropist Avery Fisher. "But they are like flowers that must bloom at a particular time. They have to be helped at the right moments." This week we get a close listen to three recent recipients of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, an award of $25,000 designed to provide professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists deemed to have great potential for solo careers.
Some very familiar faces have been recognized early by the grant's recommendation board and executive committee including Yo-Yo Ma (1978), Emanuel Ax (1979), Richard Stoltzman (1986), the Emerson String Quartet (2004) and Gil Shaham (2008) just to name a few.
This week on the Young Artist Showcase, we are thrilled to present the three latest additions to the Fisher roster -- pianist Benjamin Hochman; violinist Caroline Goulding; and pianist Chu-Fang Huang.
Haydn - Sonata #31 in E-flat; Chopin - Sonata in B-flat Minor, 1st movement, performed by pianist Chu-Fang Huang.
Tartini - Devil's Trill Sonata in G Minor, performed by violinist Caroline Goulding, with with pianist Shuai Wang.
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat, Op. 61, performed by pianist Benjamin Hochman.