We are pleased to welcome the following artists to the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall for the Twelfth Annual ABC Gala, and extend our thanks to Arata Hirakawa and Miyagi Gakuin Women's University in Sendai, Japan for their support of this year's event.
The Alexander & Buono Foundation (ABF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 2008 with a mission is to identify the world’s most promising classical musicians and help them launch and sustain careers, while developing new audiences who understand, value, and appreciate classical music.
Since its inception ABF has helped to launch and sustain the careers of more than four hundred and fifty competition winners. The unique approach to the competition process allows entrants to apply via recordings rather than on-site elimination rounds, thereby removing travel and accommodation costs. Multiple first prize winners are chosen from different age categories using a panel of expert judges, both as a means of providing encouragement for all of the contestants whose talents merit recognition, and to take into consideration the different rates at which artists develop. The Carnegie Hall debut is supplemented with performance opportunities, publicity, and ongoing career guidance.
This business model continues to achieve excellent results. Pianist Jan Lisiecki went on to sign a five-CD contract with Deutsche Grammophon after winning the BBIPC; Ann Cravero began directing operatic productions throughout the world based on her win of the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition; pianist Anna Shelest made debuts at Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls with orchestra, and her Kennedy Center debut, all in less than a year; cellist Hans Kristian Goldstein was offered performances with the prestigious Salon de Virtuosi, and chosen as Musical America’s Artist of the Month; and pianists George Ko and Thomas Nickell were named Young Steinway Artists. These are just a few examples of hundreds of artists enjoying success today as a result of their ABC wins, ABF grants, and our ongoing career counseling.
Other Foundation initiatives include mentoring programs for executives pursuing careers in Arts Administration; advice in publicity and media relations for aspiring classical musicians; internship programs for classical music students interested in learning more about the business of music; and an educational outreach program to schools that provides free tickets for students to attend ABC events.