S&R Foundation Announces 2018 Washington Award Winners

January 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – January 30, 2018 – S&R Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting talented individuals with high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, today announced the winners of the 2018 S&R Washington Award – including one Grand Prize winner. The five recipients will be honored at the S&R Washington Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC this spring.

“The 2018 winners are a robust group of emerging artists representing diverse art forms. Their immense talent is equally matched by their creative visions and great potential for lasting influence in the fields of dance, visual arts, musical performance and composition” said Dr. Sachiko Kuno, President and CEO of S&R Foundation. “These winners stood out among an extremely high caliber of applicants for their technical and conceptual capabilities.”

Gabrielle Lamb, Choreographer (Grand-prize Winner)
A native of Savannah, GA, Lamb is based in New York City, where she directs her own company, Pigeonwing Dance. Previously a soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she has created choreography for, among others, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, BalletX, and Jacob’s Pillow.  She has been described by DANCE Magazine as “a dancer of stunning clarity who illuminates the smallest details—qualities she brings to the dances she makes, too."

Sara Daneshpour, Piano
Daneshpour is the third prizewinner of the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, the 2014 prizewinner of the Seoul International Music Competition, and the 2013 American Pianists Association Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship awardee. She has studied under the direction of Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School and Dr. Oleg Volkov. Since 2015, she has continued to study with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Alicia Eggert, Visual Arts
Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, and Sculpture By the Sea in Sydney. She has received numerous awards, including artist grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Harpo Foundation. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas.

Yoshie Ueno, Flute
After winning the Japan Music Competition, Ueno has played as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and with many Japanese orchestras. She has twice had the honor of performing for the Emperor of Japan. Ueno has released nine albums varying from Western classical to Asian contemporary music. In 2017, she had solo recitals in NYC and Washington, D.C., and is now based in Paris.

Paul Wiancko, Composition
Wiancko is a ground-breaking composer and cellist who has written genre-bending works for the Aizuri Quartet, yMusic, Boston Cello Quartet, and the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet among many others. As a performer, his versatile artistry has led to collaborations with artists ranging from Chick Corea and Jóhann Jóhannsson to Yo-Yo Ma and the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Wiancko writes and performs regularly with his chamber ensembles Ayane & Paul and Bird's Eye Trio.

For more information and full biographies of the 2018 S&R Washington Award winners, visit www.SandRFoundation.org. Washington Award winners each receive a $5,000 prize to support their careers, while Grand Prize winners receive an additional $5,000.


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