This just in: the New York Philharmonic has announced the creation of the Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize at the New York Philharmonic.
The inaugural recipient: 24-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. (Check out his video message above.)
The Ackman Prize will be awarded every three years to an up-and-coming pianist or piano duo chosen by prominent pianists, Philharmonic leadership, and other musical figures. Prize winners receive $30,000 and will perform with the Philharmonic, play chamber music with Philharmonic musicians, and serve as classical music ambassadors, taking part in community engagement and education initiatives around New York City.
The Ackman Prize is made possible by a generous gift from Philharmonic Board Member Lawrence Ackman and his wife, Ronnie (at left). Ronnie Ackman is a pianist, and the Ackmans’ subscription, which originally belonged to Mr. Ackman’s grandmother, dates to 1942.
You can next hear Grosvenor with the Philharmonic April 4–7, 2018, his Philharmonic subscription debut and first collaboration with the Philharmonic in New York City. Program details and other activities will be announced at a later date.
Congratulations, Benjamin, and see you soon!
(Photo: Chris Lee)