The inaugural $100,000 Warner Music Prize was awarded earlier this month to virtuoso violinist, Augustin Hadelich, in support of his promising musical career. The son of German parents, Mr. Hadelich was born and raised in Italy. A resident of New York City since 2004 and now an American citizen, he holds an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff. He was a Gold medalist at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant (2009), a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2011), and the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award (2012).
The Harmony Program was selected as a beneficiary of the Prize and also received a donation of $100,000. This gift comes at a critically important moment as we have expanded the reach of our services significantly this year. We extend our sincere appreciation to the Warner Music Group and the Blavatnik Foundation for their generosity and for their commitment to nurturing the talents of young classical musicians.