Updated May 29, 2015

An Impressive Podium Debut at the Berlin Phil

BERLIN—Following the Berlin Philharmonic’s failed election for a principal conductor two weeks ago, rumors will no doubt continue to fly over who will succeed Sir Simon Rattle in 2018. … »Read

Norway Opera Artistic Director Forced to Exit

Norwegian  news agency NTB reports that Per Boye Hansen, artistic director of the Norwegian Opera, has been told that his contract will not be renewed beyond its expiration in December 2017. … »Read

Solid Vocalism, Haphazard Staging in Whitsun Fest Iphigénie...

SALZBURG—The Salzburg Whitsun Festival’s production of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride is surely the first in the opera’s 246-year history to open on a day (May 22) … »Read

Musicians Union Sues Hollywood Studios

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is suing six major studios for unauthorized re-use of soundtrack clips.  The union maintains that the musicians who … »Read

A New Conservatory Program in Musical Theater

The Manhattan School of Music will launch a  degree program in musical theater , starting in fall of 2016. MSM emphasizes that it will be the “first-ever” bachelor’s program … »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.

Mark Grisez, trumpet
New Artist of the Month
May 2015
Sava Vemic, bass
New Artist of the Month
April 2015
Aleksey Semenenko, violinist
New Artist of the Month
March 2015
Nina Minasyan, soprano
New Artist of the Month
February 2015
Francesco Piemontesi, pianist
New Artist of the Month
January 2015
Juan Francisco Gatell, tenor
New Artist of the Month
December 2014
Speranza Scappucci, conductor
New Artist of the Month
November 2014
Julie Adams, soprano
New Artist of the Month
October 2014
Isaac Selya, conductor
New Artist of the Month
September 2014
Simone Porter, violinist
New Artist of the Month
August 2014
Takaoki Onishi

New Artist of the Month
July 2014
Omer Meir Wellber

New Artist of the Month
June 2014
Peabody Southwell

New Artist of the Month
May 2014


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


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