The New York Philharmonic has announced the creation of the Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize at the New York Philharmonic, with 24-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor named the inaugural recipient. To be awarded every three years to an up-and-coming pianist or piano duo the Ackman Prize winners will receive $30,000 and will perform with the New York Philharmonic and play chamber music with Philharmonic musicians.

“I am thrilled to receive the Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize from the New York Philharmonic,” said Benjamin Grosvenor. “To be the first recipient of this prize, generously sponsored by Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman, and awarded by one of the world’s great orchestras, is an immense honour.”

Benjamin Grosvenor will make his New York Philharmonic subscription series debut during the 2017–18 season, April 4–7, 2018, marking his first collaboration with the Philharmonic in New York City. Benjamin will also act as a classical music ambassador, taking part in community engagement and education initiatives around New York City. He said: “I look forward greatly to making my subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic and also to becoming involved in community music projects in a city that has always treated me like one of its own, and which has such a rich musical history and culture.”

The Ackman Prize is made possible by a generous gift from Philharmonic Board Member Lawrence Ackman and his wife, Ronnie, who believe Benjamin “perfectly captures the artistry and advocacy that the Prize was created to celebrate”.

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