The competition seeks to recognize pianists who embrace contemporary music and creative programming.
Conductor, Viola, Violin
Equally respected as a violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician, Pinchas Zukerman is indeed a master of our time.
Sir András Schiff
During the next few seasons, the focus of Mr. Schiff's orchestral activities will be conducting programs of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart from the keyboard.
Emerson String Quartet
The Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year", and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.
Danish String Quartet
Recently named to Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's prestigious CMS Two program, the Danish String Quartet - formerly known as the Young Danish String Quartet, made its debut in the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. In the course of a remarkably short time, the quartet drew attention to itself for its highly committed musicianship and enthralling style, and the ensemble quickly became the most promising news in the classical music world in Denmark.
Jennifer Johnson Cano
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano is recognized for her naturally lustrous sound as well as a fresh and appealing presence on symphonic, operatic and recital stages.
For over 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. She also devotes her time to numerous charity projects and supports the development of young, exceptionally talented musicians.
A founding member of the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar Brass Quintet, Pacho Flores is becoming increasingly recognized for his outstanding performing and recording activity that spans the solo, chamber, and orchestral media.
The Seattle Symphony, a vital part of the Pacific Northwest cultural scene, is recognized for its extraordinary performances, programming, recordings and community engagement. Under the artistic leadership of Ludovic Morlot, one of the leading conductors of his generation, the Symphony performs or presents nearly 220 performances annually to an audience of more than 315,000 people.