Deborah Borda takes on extra NY duties

The New York Philharmonic president is to become chair of the Avery Fisher Artist Program, succeeding Juilliard’s Joseph Polisi, who is retiring.

The program awards annual $25,000 career grants to rising performers.

The latest, to be announced tonight, go to double-bassist Xavier Foley, violinist Francisco Fullana, pianist Drew Petersen and the Calidore String Quartet.

 

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  • $25,000 does not go far these days. Like the paltry $5,000 given by Concert Artists Guild, once the most illustrious American prize, these organizations sadly need to up their prizes by at least 50%, if not 100%, just because of inflation. The Fisher prize is supposed to be life-changing. And Deborah Borda, as an executive, is HARDLY QUALIFIED to make artistic decisions such as these, to select one of the most outstanding young artists. It should be someone like, say, a Marc Silverman, chair of the Piano Department of Manhattan School of Music, or a Will Crutchfield, someone with an artistic background and a broad perspective of classical music, not some smart broad with an executive chair.

    • Marc Silverman??? He played one minor NYC recital in his life, performed with 2 school orchestras, got a prize at a provincial competition in Utah, and then wiggled his way onto the Manhattan School faculty through the benevolence of Constance Keene – who later admitted that it was the biggest mistake of her life. Yes, there are certainly worse pianists, but there’s nothing in his background to indicate any particular wisdom or exceptional ability – and he’s certainly not the caliber of Deborah Borda, or Crutchfield.

    • Congrats on undercutting what could have been a thoughtful argument about the very real challenges that young artists face and the lack of valuable patronage by launching into a weird and vaguely misogynistic rant.

      Would Clive Gillinson not be qualified, since he is, after all, an executive?

      • Vaguely misogynistic? For crissakes, Mr. Hohoho blatantly refers to Ms. Borda as a “broad”. He clearly has no knowledge of her many prestigious positions (all of which she earned through her extensive qualifications – nobody ever just handed her anything), nor is he aware that she had a prior career as a respected violist.

  • If you look at the large list of names on the Executive Committe and the Recommendation Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program, you will see an abundance of qualified people. Ms. Borda is simply the chair. And, yes, she is qualified. If you have time enough to weigh in here, you should have time enough to inform yourself.

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