The event will feature awards from all of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations, including two Martin E. Segal Award winners, in addition to the newly established Hunt Family Award. Each of the award winners will receive $7,500 to be used for career advancement and to support future study. The 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards event will be held at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 2, 2016. The evening, which is made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor First Republic Bank, celebrates excellence in all performing arts genres, and features a special live performance and dinner honoring the winners.
The eleven 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winners are: composer Julia Adolphe (nominated by the New York Philharmonic); tenor Ben Bliss (The Metropolitan Opera); actor Jon Viktor Corpuz (Lincoln Center Theater); filmmaker Mati Diop (Film Society of Lincoln Center); Dover Quartet (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts/Hunt Family Award); jazz pianist and composer Sullivan Fortner (Jazz at Lincoln Center); dancer Ethan Fuller (School of American Ballet); playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (The Juilliard School/Martin E. Segal Award); singer/songwriter and actress Nellie McKay (The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts); violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and pianist Wu Qian (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center); and dancer Indiana Woodward (New York City Ballet/Martin E. Segal Award).
“The arts are pivotal to our world and our society, and it’s our responsibility to help support the next generation of promising talented artists,” said Jed Bernstein, President of Lincoln Center. “We’re excited to build on the great legacy of Martin E. Segal Awards, together with the new Hunt Family Award, through the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards. This special recognition demonstrates Lincoln Center’s continued commitment to the excellent artists of today and tomorrow, and our helping them nurture their career and give them room to blossom further.”
With the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center continues its commitment to supporting rising artists and their developing craft. Each of the eleven winners will receive a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. The Martin E. Segal Award will be given to two of the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist winners, determined by two Lincoln Center resident organizations and rotated annually. The newly established Hunt Family Award will be given to the honoree nominated by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This recognition was created by Lincoln Center Board member David Hunt and his wife Alice, in honor of his parents Margot Bowie and Alan Reeve Hunt, and their dedication to the arts and its future.
The Martin E. Segal Awards were established in 1986 by the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center, in honor of the philanthropist, arts leader, and former Lincoln Center chairman and his commitment to rising talents. In the last 30 years, nearly a quarter of a million dollars have been given to more than 65 remarkable emerging artists associated with Lincoln Center. Past Martin E. Segal Award winners include pianists Jonathan Biss, and Shai Wosner; the Brentano, Borromeo, and JACK string quartets; mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung; violinist Augustin Hadelich; director Thomas Kail; dancer Daniel Ulbricht; cellist Alisa Weilerstein; choreographer Christopher Wheeldon; jazz saxophonist Melissa Aldana; composers Jason Robert Brown and Michael John LaChiusa; and conductor Xian Zhang, among many others.