May 2, 2012 - Violinist Augustin Hadelich is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Martin E. Segal Award, it has been announced by Lincoln Center. The $7,500 award is to support career advancement and future study.
The Martin E. Segal Awards were established by Lincoln Center's Board of Directors and a group of Mr. Segal's friends and colleagues when he retired as Lincoln Center Chairman in 1986. The Awards honour Mr. Segal's history of leadership and commitment to supporting and developing the careers of up-and-coming artists. Since the first prize in 1987, the endowment funding the Award has given nearly a quarter of a million dollars to 52 emerging artists associated with Lincoln Center. Two of Lincoln Center's resident arts constituents have been asked to nominate an artist or ensemble linked to their organisation for the Martin E. Segal Award each year since the launch of the prize, given annually to two rising young artists in recognition of exceptional accomplishment. This year's winners were chosen by The Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.
Upon nominating Augustin for this year's Martin E. Segal Award, Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic commented, "I have complete admiration for Augustin. He first performed with the New York Philharmonic when a last-minute opportunity arose during our residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival a few summers ago, and he impressed the entire audience - and the Orchestra - with his natural musicianship and beautiful sound. He has since returned with us to Vail and performed again with us this past fall at the Caramoor Festival, and he reaches and grows and triumphs with every experience. We just announced that he will make his subscription debut with the Philharmonic in the 2012-13 season - he is exactly the kind of young artist with whom we want to build relationships. Augustin fully deserves this honour, and on behalf of the New York Philharmonic, I would like to congratulate him on receiving the Martin E. Segal Award."
Augustin first came to the attention of the New York Philharmonic as a last minute replacement for an ailing Nikolaj Znaider during the Orchestra's summer residency at the 2010 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. His sensational debut performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto under Alan Gilbert "wowed the capacity audience" and "easily confirmed his place on the shortlist of today's top violin virtuosos" (Denver Post). He was immediately engaged for a return to Vail in 2011 and an appearance at the Caramoor Festival in New York. Hadelich makes his New York Philharmonic subscription debut in October 2012 playing Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, following his Boston Symphony debut at Tanglewood in August with a performance of Barber's Violin Concerto. Further highlights of Augustin's 2012-13 season are his debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra, SWR Radio Orchestra Stuttgart, and the Dallas, St. Louis and Toronto Symphonies.
Not yet 30 years old, Augustin has performed with many of the world's major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston and Vancouver, as well as the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Tokyo Symphony. An enthusiastic recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared at New York's Frick Collection, the Louvre, and the Vancouver Recital Society, and participated in the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals.
Augustin's latest recording on AVIE Records, Echoes of Paris, received an Editor's Choice from Gramophone magazine.
Augustin's ties to Lincoln Center include an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to young instrumentalists with great potential for solo careers. He was also the 2006 Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the recipient of a 2011 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the U.K. Augustin last appeared at Lincoln Center with Midori in a 2008 Great Performers concert. He plays the 1723 "Ex-Kiesewetter" Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the efforts of the Stradivari Society.
Also receiving this year's Martin E. Segal Award is tenor Paul Appleby. Past Segal Award winners have included pianist Jonathan Biss, the Brentano and Borromeo String Quartets, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, director Thomas Kail, dancer Daniel Ulbricht, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and conductor Xian Zhang, among many others. This year's awards will be celebrated at a luncheon at Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on Wednesday, May 2.