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Star Violinist Hilary Hahn Receives Avery Fisher Prize

By Ludwig Van on January 15, 2024

Hilary Hahn
Hilary Hahn (Photo: Chris Lee/Deutsche Grammophon)

The violinist Hilary Hahn is the recipient of the $100,000 USD Avery Fisher Prize.

What’s Up: Violinist Hilary Hahn was announced last Thursday as the recipient of the $100,000 USD Avery Fisher Prize. The prize is given by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and was founded by the philanthropist Avery Fisher. Recipients are chosen for their lasting contributions to the classical music field. Past winners have included Murray Perahia, Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Midori, and Jeremy Denk.

Backgrounder: Hilary Hahn, 44, is a three-time Grammy winner who has spent decades performing on the international stage. Her commitments to the art form include her new music advocacy, fan engagement, and fostering of educational programs. In 2017, Hahn created the #100daysofpractice hashtag on her Instagram account, which has drawn nearly 900,000 posts from other musicians. Following the birth of her daughter in 2015, Hahn began performing “Bring Your Own Baby” concerts, to provide classical music relief for parents.

Big Picture: Prizes like the Avery Fisher award recognize world-class musicians who make time to give back to their communities. These musicians are what Yo-Yo Ma calls “citizen artists.” Who knows, they might just inspire you to embark on 100 days of practice or some new music commissioning on your own.

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