Avery Fisher Career Grants

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The Avery Fisher Career Grant program was established by the inventor and philanthropist Avery Fisher to help young musicians in the early stages of their careers. Again this year, both recipients were Young Artist Showcase alumni.

Host Bob Sherman introduced the performers at the award presentations this past week in Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse. Pianist Conrad Tao performed Liszt and violinist Benjamin Beilman played a solo Prokofiev sonata and the somewhat obscure Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta by Kreisler.

WQXR has been the Avery Fisher Career Grant broadcast partner since the first ceremony in 1976. Previous grantees include Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Jeffrey Kahane, Jeremy Denk, Hilary Hahn and Sarah Chang, among many others.

Program details:

Franz Liszt: Vallée d'Obermann
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
-- Conrad Tao, piano.

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Solo Violin in D major Op. 115
Fritz Kreisler: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta
-- Benjamin Beilman, violin; Yekwon Sunwoo, piano.