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Cape Elizabeth pianist; Henry Kramer wins Avery Fisher Career Grant / Portland Press Herald

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Henry Kramer is one of 5 recipients of the $25,000 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He didn't begin playing the piano until he was 11 years old, a relative late-comer to classical music. Thursday night, the gifted musician from Cape Elizabeth won an Avery Fisher Career Grant, a top prize in his field. Administered by Lincoln Center in New York, the award recognizes musicians poised for exceptional solo careers and comes with a $25,000 award. "It's one of those things that all young musicians dream of and hope to get. And if you actually do, it's great – it's just great. I don't know what else to say," Kramer said.

Kramer, 32, who teaches piano at Columbus State University in Columbus in Georgia, recently joined violist Matthew Lipman, for a Cedille recording titled; Ascent. Lipman and Kramer met as undergraduates at the Juilliard School and at Ravinia's Steans Institute and have been performing as a duo for six years. 

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