CMS Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music Announced
This season, CMS is pleased to present the fifth Award to Chamber Music Connection, of Worthington, Ohio.
The Award will be presented on stage at Alice Tully Hall to Deborah Price by David Finckel and Wu Han at the opening night concert on October 16.
Under the leadership of founder and violist Deborah Price, Chamber Music Connection brings together approximately 100 musicians of all ages and abilities to perform in chamber ensembles each year. Ensembles work with team coaches—including alumni, faculty, and guest artists—to expose students to multiple interpretations. CMC students also participate in side-by-side residencies with renowned touring chamber ensembles in collaboration with their local presenter, Chamber Music Columbus. CMC was founded in 1992 as a summer festival and became a year-round program in 1998. Today CMC presents over 30 concerts annually, and has a thriving gig and outreach program, a revolutionary high school fellowship program, and a jazz/alternative music seminar.
“We can hardly imagine a greater service to the art, or any organization more deserving of our distinguished award," said Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han.
The CMS Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music honors individuals and institutions that have significantly changed the landscape of chamber music through passionate commitment, dedication to the art form, and exceptional vision. Recipients of the Award are chosen by the Society’s artistic department from a wide variety of fields connected to chamber music. Previous recipients include pianist Menahem Pressler (2013), CMS founding director Charles Wadsworth (2014), Marlboro Music (2015), and South Mountain Concerts (2016).