NY TImes: Claire Chase Awarded the Avery Fisher Prize / by Claire Chase


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.

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 (and whose payoff was increased this year from $75,000). The prize comes half a year after Ms. Chase stepped down from leading the International Contemporary Ensemble, the vital new-music collective commonly known as ICE, to focus more on her performing career.

“As someone who has committed my life’s work to the cause of new and experimental music and to advocating for composers, performers and artist collectives,” Ms. Chase said in a statement, “I embrace this award as recognition of that cause as a whole and the tremendous work of the new-music community at large.”

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.

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