Avery Fisher

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Avery Robert Fisher (born March 4, 1906 in Brooklyn, New York; † February 26, 1994 ibid) was a U.S. entrepreneur, inventor, and music patron.


In 1937, Fisher, an amateur violinist, founded his first company, Philharmonic Radio. In 1945 he sold it and founded Fisher Radio. Here he was significantly involved in inventions or improvements in hi-fi equipment. In the 1950s he invented, among other things, the transistor amplifier and radio combination systems. In 1969 he also sold this company to the Emerson Electric Company, which sold it on to Sanyo.

His name is best known today as a patron of classical music. Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center, named after him in 1973, is home to the New York Philharmonic. In 1974, he established the Avery Fisher Prize named after him[1], the best-known American prize in classical music. A well-known scholarship is called the Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 1991, Fisher was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As of September 2015, Avery Fisher Hall is named after David Geffen.

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