American violin virtuoso Leila Josefowicz has today been announced as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious US $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize – in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellence in music.
Administered by New York’s Lincoln Center, previous recipients include Yo-Yo Ma, Elmar Oliveria, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Edgar Meyer, Midori, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and the Emerson and Kronos String Quartets.
“I feel so privileged and honored to receive this prize …” the 40-year-old American-Canadian violinist has said.
“My intention is to help create new masterworks for future violinists to study and perform for audiences … I celebrate this art form of contemporary music and would like to encourage audiences to listen with a sense of adventure, openness, and curiosity … and not rely too much on familiarity …” she has said.
“I deeply thank the Avery Fisher Artist Program for its trust and appreciation.”