Flutist/ICE founder Claire Chase wins $100K Avery Fisher Prize

Posted on: April 26, 2017

“Claire Chase, who founded the International Contemporary Ensemble, has given the premieres of more than 100 flute works, and was awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant in 2012, received a new accolade on Wednesday: the $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize,” writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (4/26) New York Times. “Ms. Chase, 38, became the first flutist to receive the Fisher Prize, which is awarded every few years to recognize musical excellence, vision and leadership…. The prize comes half a year after Ms. Chase stepped down from leading the International Contemporary Ensemble … to focus more on her performing career.… She is in the midst of ‘Density 2036,’ a 22-year project to commission works for her instrument. Another upcoming project will be ‘PAN,’ a collaboration with the composer Marcos Balter and the director Doug Fitch based on the Greek god (and early wind-instrument enthusiast). It is expected to have its premiere next season in New York…. Ms. Chase’s name will be added to a marble plaque in David Geffen Hall [at Lincoln Center] … joining the prize’s 22 previous recipients.”

Posted April 26, 2017