Hilary Hahn (’99) Wins 2024 Avery Fisher Prize

The three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Curtis alumna is the ninth violinist to win the prestigious award

Internationally acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn (’99) has been awarded the 2024 Avery Fisher Prize. As a recipient of this prestigious honor, the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Curtis alumna, who was recently named Musical America’s 2023 Artist of the Year, receives a cash prize of $100,000 for her exceptional artistic achievement and leadership in classical music. Ms. Hahn joins twenty-five previous Prize recipients, including ten Curtis alumni and faculty: Lynn Harrell (Cello ’63), Richard Goode (Piano ’64), Yefim Bronfman (Piano ’77), Pamela Frank (Violin ’89), Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (Violin ’75), Edgar Meyer, David Shifrin (Clarinet ’71, ’73), Midori, Leila Josefowicz (Violin ’97), and Anthony McGill (Clarinet ’00).

“From the beginning of my career, I saw the Avery Fisher Prize as a high honor: the recipients were people who had already made a historically large impact in our field, yet had the stature, skill, and curiosity to move in any direction,” noted Ms. Hahn. “When I was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1995, when I was 15, it felt like a recognition that this could someday be in my future. It encouraged me to push hard to have my voice heard as an artist, to expand my horizons with new projects, and to strive to deepen the artistic meaning of my work.”

She continues: “Having now come full circle, I feel proud of what I have achieved as an artist, and validated that that work has been seen and recognized by my community. But most important, I feel encouraged and inspired to keep forming connections and building community with audiences, composers, and fellow artists around the world.”

Read more about the announcement in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Strad, and The Violin Channel. Visit Hilary Hahn’s IMG Artists website HERE.

Photos of Ms. Hahn, courtesy of O.J. Slaughter/Decca.


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