BMI Classical Musician Edgar Meyer Wins Avery Fisher Prize

Posted in News on October 24, 2000

BMI classical musician Edgar Meyer, a double bassist who teaches at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music in Nashville, was named the winner of the 2000 Avery Fisher Prize worth $50,000 -- probably the top individual honor for an American classical instrumentalist. The award was presented last night during a gala ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which administers the Avery Fisher Prize program.

Named for the late philanthropist, the awards were established in 1974 to recognize Americans for outstanding achievement and excellence in music and have only gone to 16 people in 26 years. Previous winners include pianists Murray Perahia and Andre Watts, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

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