Classical pianist Charlie Albright, a Centralia native, is one of three recipients of the nationally prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to musicians believed to have great potential for major careers in the arts.
Albright was honored alongside two other recipients, violist Dimitri Murrath and the Calder Quartet. He will perform at a celebration honoring the grant recipients as well as Avery Fisher Prize recipient Jeremy Denk at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Avery Fisher Career Grants are designed to give recognition and assistance to talented instrumentalists and chamber ensembles. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, whom Albright has performed with in the past, is part of the selection committee. Recipients each receive $25,000.
Albright graduated from both Centralia High School and Centralia College in 2007 through the Running Start program. The college purchased a Steinway piano in 2009 for its Corbet Theatre; the piano is named after Albright.
He went on to graduate from Harvard University in 2011; the New England Conservatory of Music in 2012; and the Juilliard School of Music earlier this year.
Albright is currently wrapping up his 2013-14 concert tour, which has included performances across the United States.