Updated Oct 17, 2017

Musical America Names Andris Nelsons 2018 Artist of the Year

Musical America announces its annual awards today, naming as its Artist of the Year Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, as of February 2018, the Leipzig Gewandhaus … »Read

'Monteverdi 450' Takes Chicago by Storm

CHICAGO—John Eliot Gardiner brought his Monteverdi 450 project, launched in April in Aix-en-Provence, to the U.S. last week. The result at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in downtown … »Read

New Hires at Seattle Opera Reflect Recent Reorganization

Seattle Opera has a new COO/CFO in Jane Repensek, recently a senior vice president with Seattle Foundation. She succeeds Richard Johnson. The company also has a new director of production in … »Read

Sapparo Symphony Names New Chief Conductor

Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert, 75, is to be the new chief conductor of the Sapporo (Japan) Symphony Orchestra, effective next April. He succeeds Max Pommer, who will have been in the job three … »Read

Venezuelan Prez Cancels Simón Bolívar Symphony Tour

For the second time in less than two months, the increasingly repressive government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has cancelled an orchestra tour that was to be led by Gustavo … »Read



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Each month, Musical America spotlights an important emerging talent. If you haven't heard of the New Artist of the Month before, we predict you will soon.

Seth Parker Woods, cellist
New Artist of the Month
October 2017
Afendi Yusuf, clarinetist
New Artist of the Month
September 2017
Reena Esmail, composer
New Artist of the Month
August 2017
Abbie Betinis, composer
New Artist of the Month
July 2017
Stephen Waarts, violinist
New Artist of the Month
June 2017
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone
New Artist of the Month
May 2017
Pene Pati, tenor
New Artist of the Month
April 2017
Mariam Batsashvili, pianist
New Artist of the Month
March 2017
Beste Kalender, mezzo-soprano
New Artist of the Month
February 2017
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cellist
New Artist of the Month
January 2017
Sarah Tuttle, soprano
New Artist of the Month
December 2016
George Li, pianist
New Artist of the Month
November 2016


Since 1960, each year Musical America honors several outstanding musicians with an award for excellence.


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