The $25,000 Avery Fisher Career Grants were just announced for 2016. The only pianist is George Li, second prize winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015.
His name is no longer on the big concert hall at Lincoln Center, which was rechristened for David Geffen this season. But the name Avery Fisher continues to live on in classical music through the program he established to help young musicians, which is to announce on Tuesday that it is awarding Avery Fisher Career Grants worth $25,000 each to three violinists, a cellist and a pianist.
The recipients of the 2016 career grants — which are given to young musicians or chamber ensembles with the potential for major careers — are Alexi Kenney, Tessa Lark and Sean Lee, who are violinists; Jay Campbell, a cellist; and George Li, a pianist.