Matthew Lipman, violist and Chicago native, has just been named one of the 2015 recepients of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant of $25,000.  Matthew is a Juilliard graduate and most recently released a new album where he performs Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside violinist Rachel Barton-Pine and the Academy of St. Martin in the Field orchestra.

The award is meant to offer professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee believe have great potential for solo careers. Since 2004, consideration is also being given to chamber ensembles. Up to five Career Grants may be given each year. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.

“Musicians of outstanding ability are such an important part of our culture. But they are like flowers that must bloom at a particular time. They have to be helped at the right moments…” — Avery Fisher

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