Alexander & Buono Foundation (ABF)
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. Artists who receive foundation support are chosen from laureates of the Alexander & Buono Competitions for Piano, Voice, Strings, and Flute. These artists are given a performance debut at Carnegie Hall as a first prize.
ABF is designed to help artists maintain a consistent level of artistic advancement, in addition to being given guidance for to better understanding the business demands of a career. ABF’s business model continues to yield substantial results.
A promising new talent, 19-year-old American pianist Thomas Nickell has has given public performances of important works by Bach, Beethoven, Gershwin, Liszt, Mozart, as well as his own compositions.
Pianist Jan Lisiecki went on to sign a five-CD contract with Deutsche Grammophon after winning the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in 2009.
Mezzo soprano Benedetta Orsi was awarded the 2015 Album of the Year by the Global Music Awards for her CD Christmas Around the World, produced in conjunction with ABI.