Updated May 26, 2017

Major Personnel Shifts for the Pacifica Quartet

The Pacifica Quartet, Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year, and among the most active of the newer generation of chamber groups, is about to undergo its first personnel changes in 17 … »Read

Grand Theater of Geneva Names New Artistic Director

Aviel Cahn, artistic director of the Flanders Opera, is to be the next head of the Grand Theater of Geneva, the umbrella organization of the Geneva Opera, Ballet, and Orchestre de la Suisse … »Read

Recent Contract Renewals in Utah, Bordeaux, Costa Mesa

Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer has extended his contract as music director of the Utah Symphony through 2021-22; he will have been in the job ten years. Fischer has made great strides in bringing … »Read

Barbara Smith Conrad Dies at 79

Barbara Smith Conrad, a mezzo-soprano whose skin color brought out the extreme racism of the Texas legislature in 1957, died on May 22 at the age of 79. The cause has not been disclosed, although … »Read

Chicago Symphony Principal Oboe Denied Tenure

One year ago, Alex Klein  won the audition for principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a major triumph since he had managed to pull himself back from the focal hand dystonia that … »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.

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
Pablo Rus Broseta, cond.
New Artist of the Month
October 2016
Aziz Shokhakimov, conductor
New Artist of the Month
September 2016
Anthony Barrese, conductor
New Artist of the Month
August 2016
Craig Terry, conductor/pianist
New Artist of the Month
July 2016
Kah Chun Wong, conductor
New Artist of the Month
June 2016


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


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