Mark Feldman Wins Alpert Award in the Arts

And is now $75,000 richer:

Mark Feldman, Music: The composer/performer/improviser melds classical violin with jazz and improvisational styles. His unconventional approach has caught the attention of others; Feldman has recorded with Willie Nelson, John Zorn, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne and Johnny Cash. The prestigious Kronos Quartet commissioned and performed one of his string quartets, and he has appeared as a violin soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne, Germany — both of which commissioned concertos specifically for Feldman to perform.