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. 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.
As in many years past, both of the 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients were alumni of WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase.
Host Bob Sherman presented the awards at a private recital at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse last May. Pianist Conrad Tao performed Liszt and violinist Benjamin Beilman played a solo Prokofiev sonata as well as the somewhat obscure Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta by Fritz Kreisler.